Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked Malaysian equivalent, Dr Mahathir Mohamad, to take steps to the extradition of controversial preacher Zakir Naik
who is required in India for supporting terrorism and money laundering, according to news agency ANI?
It is not open yet if the Malaysian premier read any support, but the two officers determined that the officials will visit in touch on this issue.
“Both the companies have determined that our officials will stay in contact about the matter and it is an essential issue for us,”
Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale told journalists after PM Modi’s respective meetings ahead of the 3-day Eastern Economic Summit.
This is the 2nd meeting between the 2-leaders. The 1st was in May last year when Prime Minister called on Dr Mahathir in Putrajaya.
PM Modi, who arrived in the major port city of Vladivostok in Russia’s Far East yesterday, has held a range of bilateral meetings with world leaders. Early on Thursday, he also joined Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to explain the multi-faceted ties between the 2- countries.
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar told the talks with Dr Mahathir Mohamad we concentrated on the many layers of the mutual relationship with Malaysia.
India’s choice to escalate the imminent extradition request for Zakir Naik to the level
the prime ministers are also designed to signal the value that New Delhi attaches to work against Naik.
The polarising minister has been on the radar of Indian security bureaus for years,
but it was after the men included in the 2016 terror attack in Bangladesh’s Dhaka described Naik as their thought that the crackdown started.extradition of controversial preacher Zakir Naik
Zakir hasn’t responded to India since then and moved base to Malaysia which has given him current residency. But over the next year, Indian agencies have made him shut operations in the country and prevented his NGO, Islamic Research Foundation, below the anti-terror law.
Just last month, Mahathir said state-run news bureau Bernama that Zakir Naik could not be posted back to India because of concerns for his safety. “If any (other) nation wants to have him, they are welcome,” Mahathir said.
Race and faith are sensitive issues in Malaysia, where Muslims make up about 60% of the population of 32 million. The balance is mostly ethnic Chinese and Indians.
But Naik grew into some problem last month after videos surfaced last month where he said Malaysian-Hindus were more loyal to the Indian prime minister,
Hindus in Malaysia had “100 times more rights” than the Muslim minority in India, and that Malaysian Chinese were guests of the country.
That discussion had upset PM Mahathir Mohamad who stressed that Naik was easy to preach about Islam but should not talk about Malaysia’s racial politics. Three of his ministers had also asked at cabinet meetings and in public comments that Zakir Naik be expelled.
Malaysian police had then questioned Naik for 10 hours and stopped him from talking at several events. Eventually, Zakir Naik published a public explanation, asserting that his critics had taken his comments out of context and added: “strange fabrications to them.”