The Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that it is in discussions with the Omani government regarding the deportation of radical Islamic preacher Zakir Naik. Reports have surfaced that India has requested Oman to hand over Naik, who has been accused of inciting Muslim youths in India and abroad to commit acts of terrorism.
Spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, Arindam Bagchi, clarified that the matter is being discussed with the Government of Oman. In a press conference held yesterday, Bagchi stated that all efforts are being made to bring Naik before the Indian justice system.
Naik left India in 2016 after his organization, Islamic Research Foundation, was banned. He has been living in Malaysia since 2017, where he was also banned from giving public speeches in 2019. Naik’s Peace TV Network has been banned in Bangladesh, Canada, Sri Lanka, and the UK.
There is a case against Naik in India of inciting Muslim youths to commit acts of terrorism. Mohammad Shariq, the prime accused in the 2022 Mangalore auto blast case, had revealed that Naik’s lectures inspired him to commit acts of terror.
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