Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad denied the controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik will
not be sent back to India.
He was allegedly wanted in India for terror-related
activities and hate speech.
Dr. Naik reportedly left India in 2016 and subsequently
moved to Malaysia, where he was granted permanent residency.
Zakir Naik won't return to India till he gets a “just and
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had made a formal
request to the government of Malaysia for his extradition last January and has
been pursuing it through diplomatic channels.
As long as he is not creating any problem, we will not
deport him because he has been given permanent residency status.
Dr. Naik is facing a probe by the National Investigation
Agency and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) after his sermons on his Peace TV
were cited as a reason by Bangladesh for an attack in Dhaka in 2016, which left
22 people dead.
Dr. Naik’s NGO Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) has also
been declared unlawful since 2016 and is being probed by the ED over
allegations of money laundering to the tune of more than Rs. 18 crore.