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Tue, 15 Oct 2019

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India didn’t ask for Zakir Naik: Malaysian PM says fortnight after meeting PM Modi

India didn’t ask for Zakir Naik: Malaysian PM says fortnight after meeting PM Modi
September 17
11:24 2019

NET Bureau

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has rejected India’s claim that PM Modi asked Malaysia for controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik’s custody.

Speaking to local media, Mahathir Mohamad said, “Not many countries want him [Naik]. I met Prime Minister Modi, he didn’t ask me for him. This man could also be troublesome for India.”

He also said that Malaysia is still looking for a place to send Zakir Naik who has made racially sensitive comments recently accusing Hindu Malaysians of being more loyal to PM Modi.

“We are trying to find some place he can go to but at the moment, no one wants to accept him,” said Mahathir Mohamad.

Mahathir Mohamad’s statement comes nearly a fortnight after Prime Minister Modi met his Malaysian counterpart in Russia  at the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum meet.

Then, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale had told media that PM Modi had raised the issue of Zakir Naik’s extradition from Malaysia during his meeting with Mahathir.

“Both the parties have decided that our officials will stay in contact regarding the matter and it is an important issue for us,” Gokhale had said.

Zakir Naik, a 53-year-old radical television preacher, left India in 2016 and subsequently moved to the largely Muslim Malaysia, where he was granted permanent residency.

He is wanted by Indian authorities since 2016 for alleged money laundering and inciting extremism through hate speeches.

Zakir Naik is facing charges of inciting communal disharmony and committing unlawful activities in India. He is also facing probe both in India and Bangladesh in connection with the terror attack at the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka on July 2016.

The current Malaysian government has so far not decided on sending him back to India but has barred him from delivering his public speeches.

He has been banned from any public activities in the multi-ethnic country after his remarks against Malaysian Hindus and Chinese on August 8.

Zakir Naik’s activities are under constant monitoring of the Malaysian authorities.

Source: India Today

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