ZAKIR NAIK: IRF BAN KNEE-JERK REACTION BY THE MODI GOVT
MUMBAI: Controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik issued another open letter on Friday reiterating he has always advocated peace and condemned violence in all its forms. The statement comes amidstacasebeingregisteredand several raids being conducted by theNationalInvestigationAgency (NIA) against Naik and his business interests.
Naik’s now-banned Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) issued the statement-letter on his behalf statingthatthereligion’snamehas been made synonymous with violence, while condoning the reckless behaviour of some majority religious leaders.
“Likethedemonetisationfiasco, the Modi government’s IRF ban and its modus operandi has been distraught with senseless decisions and knee-jerk actions,” Naik said in the statement. “I expected professional investigators from government agencies to do a thorough job. Had they done so, this issuewouldhavebeenanobrainer, a non-issue. But I guess that was not the plan. The plan was to ban, not investigate,” he stated.