Kuala Lumpur/New Delhi, July 11 (UNI) Assured that Mahathir Mohamad administration would not deport him to India, the controversial Muslim preacher Zakir Naik on Wednesday thanked the authorities in Malaysia and slammed New Delhi for what he said making “host of dishonest” attempts to accuse him of terrorism, hate speech and money laundering.
“Unable to find any evidence against me, they resorted to doctored video clips, out-of-context quotations and a host of dishonest schemes to accuse me of terrorism, hate speech and even money laundering,” said Naik in a statement, according to reports in Malaysian newspaper ‘New Straits Times’.
He also claimed that “the simple truth is that any statement ascribed to me (him) that is against humanity is a fabricated statement”.
“Time and time again, I have reiterated that a Muslim cannot be a good Muslim unless he is a good human being,” Naik has been quoted in the report.
Thanking Malaysian government, Naik – wanted in India for terror links, radical preaching and money laundering, further said: “This decision reaffirms my faith in Malaysia’s justice and communal harmony, and is a testimony to the success of the multiracial diversity of this country (Malaysia)”.
“I am humbled to be a part of this diversity, and I also acknowledge the sensitivities it entails,” said Naik, who has been also given permanent resident status by the Malaysian authorities.
“I would never wish to disrupt or jeopardise this balance in any way, or to break the rule of law of this country, because it is my primary concern to foster the social harmony currently enjoyed by its citizens,” he said.
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad had last week said that Naik will not be deported to India notwithstanding extradition treaty request from India unless he commits or conducts anything illegal in Malaysia.
The Enforcement Directorate in India is probing allegations of money laundering against Zakir Naik’s NGO Islamic Research Foundation (IRF). The MEA has revoked Zakir Naik’s passport with effect from July 17, 2017.
Notwithstanding setback to India’s diplomatic efforts on extradition request, the government of India still would like to continue ‘engagements’ with Malaysia.
Naik’s sermons on his channel, Peace TV, were cited as a major catalyst for deadly terror attack in July 2016 in Dhaka that left 22 people dead.
On the night of 1 July 2016, five militants had stormed into the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka after the assailants entered the bakery with crude bombs, pistols and took number of foreigners and locals as hostages.
Indian government had informed Malaysian authorities that Naik is spreading ‘disharmony’ through Peace TV and his NGO Islamic Research Foundation