ZAKIR NAIK: IRF BAN KNEE-JERK RE­AC­TION BY THE MODI GOVT

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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.

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