Controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik is seeking citizenship in Malaysia: Reports

Zakir Naik's Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) too has been declared as an outlawed organisation by the government last year in November

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 30, 2017 8:37 pm
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Controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, who is wanted by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in cases relating to terror and money laundering, is seeking citizenship in Malaysia, reported PTI quoting NIA sources. Naik has been changing his base quite frequently after
the NIA moved the Interpol for issuance of a Red Corner Notice (RCN), international arrest warrant, against him, the NIA sources said.

As per the agencies’ sources, the Indian government is planning to use its diplomatic channels to frustrate all attempts by Naik to get citizenship in any country. They also added that the Malaysian authorities were aware about terror cases pending against the Islamic preacher. Naik had first come under Indian security agencies’ scanner after Bangladeshi newspaper ‘Daily Star’ reported that one of the attackers of the July 1 terror attack in Dhaka, Rohan Imtiaz, ran propaganda on Facebook last year quoting the controversial preacher.

READ: Special Tribunal upholds ban on Zakir Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation, says it’s in national interest

Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) too has been declared as an outlawed organisation by the government last year in November under the anti-terror law for its alleged terror activities. In fact, on March 16, the Delhi High Court also observed that the Centre’s decision to ban the IRF was taken keeping national security issues in mind. It had dismissed IRF’s plea challenging the ban. Earlier this month, a special tribunal also upheld the ban enforced by the Centre on IRF on the issue of national interest.

The Cabinet meeting headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi had approved a proposal to declare Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) as an ‘unlawful association’ under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act for five years. As per the Home Ministry, Zakir Naik has reportedly made many provocative speeches and engaged in terror propaganda.

(With PTI inputs)

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    George Cruz
    May 31, 2017 at 5:26 am
    It is good that India is under the BJP government and serious in eradicating Islamic terror in democratic/secular India especially in the Kashmir Valley. The congress party, the communists, the TMC, and the BSP,etc were soft on Islamic terror and this Islamic beast and his followers could have terrorized/ killed many innocent lives across India. Zakir Naik has been under the US security watch for many years and he came under the scrutiny of the NIA after the Bangladesh terror incident. Zakir Naik declared himself as a agent of Allah and his mission is to preserve/impose strict version of Islam in the Indian subcontinent.
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      Chattur Chamar
      May 31, 2017 at 4:35 am
      I think the ban and cases against him is politically motivated and also heavily supported by the right wing Hindu terrorists. But his speeches were also doing no good. Better he finds a citizenship somewhere else. Good to know now applying in UK or Canada. He is heavily funded by wahabis from Saudi, Qatar UAE sheikhs. Even a big portion of Muslim community thinks his speech are a cacophony and propa a for a particular sect of Islam.
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        Raj
        May 31, 2017 at 5:01 am
        Miss chamar, you comment itself is stupid. On one side you say that the case is motivated by Hindu nationalist and and on the other hand says that many Muslims are also sceptical about his speeches
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          Chattur Chamar
          May 31, 2017 at 12:19 pm
          It is one thing to not like something ( in case of a sect in Islam) and it is totally another thing to conspire and do damage ( Hindu Terrorists and Bhakts) to something or someone. You are too naive to understand the simple sentence. It is completely ok not to like someone or something but it is criminal to conspire and plan against some. You need some education in Indian penal code.
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        Bhayyanak Bhangii
        May 31, 2017 at 4:17 am
        Hahahaha, Modi govt naeyy yeah kaam bahut bhadiyaa karaa, ki iss tad chand farji Doctor jhatkaa Jaahil Naalayaak ko India saeyy bhagga diyaa. Yeah bhuttnii kaa apnaey TV channel paeyy saraa dinn ap baakk baakk kaarr logo kaa dimaag kharrab karr rahaa thaa. Kyuu baeyy Jaahil Naalayak tujhaeyy Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE naeyy citizenship nahii dii kyaa jo tuu aab Malaysia maeyy citizenship kii bheekh maanng rahaa haii 😆
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          lafanga
          May 31, 2017 at 3:01 am
          Pure witch hunt. ALL of Zakir Naiks lectures and speeches are on and in the open. BJP just came up with BS charges to stop him from converting all the Hindus. Best to ban RSS but no one will touch them. Hypocrites.
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            Rakesh Chaubey
            May 31, 2017 at 1:57 am
            If he was a true Muslim, he'd seek citizenship in Saudi Arabia (Holy Land). Maybe Sheikh would not want him due to his stink
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