PM secures minister and ambassador berth for Muslim

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said hilly region and the Madhes are closely interlinked.

Addressing an interaction programme on 'Secularism and Muslims Issues' organised by the Muslim Liberation Front here on Saturday, the PM said he was making initiatives to unite the entire Nepal and the Nepalis. "But some people averse to change do not like this initiative," he added.

He asserted that attempts have been made to empower the marginalised communities including the Muslims through the constitution amendment.

Prime Minister Dahal, who is also the chairman of the CPN Maoist Centre called for unity to protect and implement the positive things in the constitution that are in favour of the oppressed people while securing the missing things.

Stating that he has not forgotten the contribution the Muslim community has made for bringing change, he urged the community to cooperate in the constitution amendment. On the occasion PM declared that one member each from the community would be appointed to the post of minister and ambassador.

Maoist Centre leader Matrika Yadav said the rights of the marginalised community could not be secured unless there is unity in the community.

At the programme, the National Madarasa Association and the Madarasa Islami Association submitted memorandum to the Prime Minister. The memorandum, among other things, calls for recognising the Madarasa education in the national education, making provisions for scholarship to the Muslims from school level to higher education and bringing a separate Act for governing the Madarasas.