Ban on Zakir Naik's Islamic Research Foundation extended for five more years: MHA

Ban on Zakir Naik's Islamic Research Foundation extended for five more years: MHA

The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Monday extended by five more years the ban imposed on Islamic Research Foundation of Islamic preacher Zakir Naik. Currently Zakir Naik is living in Malaysia. The foundation was first banned on 17 November 2016. At that time the Foundation was declared an unlawful organization under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 (37 of 1967).

The Union Home Ministry issued a notification saying that the statements and speeches made by Naik are objectionable and subversive and through them he is promoting enmity and hatred between religious groups. Naik is inspiring youth of a particular religion to commit terrorist acts in India and abroad. It also states that IRF is involved in activities which are detrimental to the security of the country and which have the potential to disturb peace and communal harmony and disturb the secular fabric of the country.

The Home Ministry said that Zakir Naik gives radical statements and speeches to millions of people across the world through international satellite TV networks, internet, print and social media. The ministry said that keeping all these aspects in mind, it has decided to extend the ban on IRF under UAPA for another five years.

Let us inform that in India, Islamic fundamentalist Zakir Naik was accused of giving hate speeches and money laundering. In November 2016, the Anti-Terrorism Squad of the Government of India registered a case against Naik for spreading religious hysteria and hatred.

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