I’ve never ad­vo­cated sui­cide bomb­ing, claims Zakir Naik

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - Sau­rabh M Joshi

MUM­BAI: Con­tro­ver­sial Is­lamic preacher Dr Zakir Naik on Fri­day ad­dressed a press con­fer­ence via Skype from Me­d­ina in Saudi Ara­bia, at which he dis­missed as “mis­in­for­ma­tion” al­le­ga­tions that he ad­vo­cated sui­cide bomb­ings or in­spired ter­ror­ists. He said he has al­ways con­demned sui­cide at­tacks as they lead to the deaths of in­no­cent peo­ple, which is “anti-Is­lam”. How­ever, he went on to say that sui­cide bomb­ings can be used in some sit­u­a­tions.

Naik, the sub­ject of a po­lice in­quiry since it was re­ported that two of the ter­ror­ists who took hostages in Dhaka two weeks ago had drawn in­spi­ra­tion from his ser­mons, be­gan the press con­fer­ence by of­fer­ing con­do­lences for the vic­tims of Fri­day’s carnage in Nice, France.

“I did not in­spire any ter­ror- “As per my plans

I will come back to the coun­try next year. I was not sup­posed to come back to In­dia this year, I have re­alised it is eas­ier to an­swer queries on Skype or video con­fer­enc­ing...” ZAKIR NAIK ist. Sui­cide bomb­ings tar­get­ing in­no­cent peo­ple are con­demnable,” Naik said, adding that his state­ments on ter­ror­ism and sui­cide bomb­ings had been “doc­tored and tam­pered [with]”.

AN­SHU­MAN POYREKAR/HT

Zakir Naik ad­dresses the me­dia via Skype from Me­d­ina.

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