Muslims' five-day ultimatum to govt

KATHMANDU: Joint Muslim National Struggle Committee today warned of nationwide stir if their demands were not met within the next five days.

They have been demanding that the government reshuffle the existing Hajj committee, provide subsidy to Hajj-goers to Mecca and Medina, revoke the decision of barring the persons above 65 years of age from the pilgrimage, make transparent the budget allocated for the committee and end discrimination on the Muslim minorities. "The Muslim community gives the government five days to address the demands. We will gherao all the District Administration Offices in the failure," JMNSC coordinator Taaj Mohammed Miya told a programme in the capital.

"The age bar is not fair since more than 80 per cent of the Muslim pilgrims are in their 60s. The government is playing foul to deprive us of the service," alleged Miya.

The Koran instructs the followers to go on Hajj at least once in their lifetime. JMNSC also asked the government and political parties to not drag the religion into controversy.