Zakir Naik’s NGO Islamic Research Foundation set to be banned by govt

The Union Home Ministry is preparing a draft cabinet note through which IRF will be declared an ‘unlawful association’ under UAPA.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: October 28, 2016 3:56 am
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In decisive action against controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, the government is taking steps to ban his NGO Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) under stringent sections of anti-terror law, the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). The Union Home Ministry is preparing a draft cabinet note through which IRF will be declared an ‘unlawful association’ under UAPA. Investigations by the Home Ministry have found that the NGO allegedly has dubious links with Peace TV, an international Islamic channel accused of propagating terrorism, a senior Home Ministry official said.

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According to the draft note, which is also based on the inputs from Maharashtra Police, Naik, who heads the IRF, has allegedly made many provocative speeches and engaged in terror propaganda. Maharashtra Police has registered criminal cases against Naik for his alleged involvement in radicalisation of youths and luring them into terror activities, a source said. Investigators have found that in his speeches he has hailed slain al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.

Naik transferred IRF’s foreign funds to Peace TV for making “objectionable” programmes. Most of the programmes, which were made in India, contained alleged hate speeches of Naik, who had reportedly “urged all Muslims to be terrorists” through Peace TV, sources claimed. Two educational trusts run by Naik have also come under the scanner of the Home Ministry and agencies are looking into their activities.

The draft note will soon be placed before the Union Cabinet for its approval, sources said. Naik came under the scanner of the security agencies after Bangladeshi newspaper ‘Daily Star’ reported that one of the perpetrators of the July 1 terror attack in Dhaka, Rohan Imtiaz, ran propaganda on Facebook last year quoting Naik.

Naik in a lecture, aired on Peace TV, had reportedly “urged all Muslims to be terrorists”. The Islamic orator is banned in the UK and Canada for his hate speeches aimed against other religions. He is among 16 banned Islamic scholars in Malaysia. The Mumbai-based preacher has not returned to India ever since the controversy came to light.

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  1. R
    Jan 6, 2017 at 7:10 am
    1. S
      Oct 28, 2016 at 5:03 pm
      Ban him if he is wrong
      1. A
        Oct 29, 2016 at 6:38 am
        IE how biased you can are not writing the complete lines of Dr.Zakir Naik...only mentioning half line to hide the Truth....Curse on you .....if you have guts let RSS hold debate with Dr.Zakir Naik but no you can not because you know what is the Truth ..........I have also listened his lectures and talks .......he clearly mentioned If a terrorist or criminal should see Muslims he should feel terrrorised and in that sense he said all muslim should be terrorist ....why dont you right complete lines ...remember Allah is watching ............and
        1. B
          Oct 28, 2016 at 9:42 am
 set to be banned, your newsreport says. years together, IRF was spreading only 'fire'/'hate' on other religions and faiths. it is high time, still govt. is studying/thinking to ban!! it is amazing. for the sake of National and its People, right now, the govt. must declare forever ban on IRF and its ociate channels in all respects. what U K and other European and even Muslim countries smelt rat immediately banned the so-called 'preacher' from entering their beloved countries ........ a lesson INDIA must learn from those countries on the part of security and safety to nation and its people. JAI HIND, VANDHE MAATHARAM.
          1. T
            Oct 28, 2016 at 5:09 am
            This is absolute non sense. Any sane minded person who is unbiased will appreciate the work done by ZN. This is a hate campaign by this malicious government. Also UAPA is a black law that should be abolished. Why aren't the right wing forces who talk about killing minorities booked under this law. First implement uniform criminal code and then talk about uniform civil code. These people are destroying the secular fabric of India and taking it down . God save this country.
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