In a yet another anti-India statement issued by controversial radical Islamic preacher Zakir Naik has said that Kashmir is being ‘singled out’ because it is a Muslim majority state. According to a report published by India Today, Naik has called the current situation in Kashmir as an ‘act of war by the BJP government against the biggest Muslim community in the country.’
Adding to his hate speech against Indian government, Naik ‘warned’ against a Palestine-like situation building up in the state. He even furthered the lie that Kashmiri youth are being arrested and ‘sent to undisclosed jails in and outside Kashmir’. Adding to his lie, he alleged that every ‘detainee is reported to being subject to extreme torture that lasts for hours. There are reports of beating with sticks and rods and electrocution for hours at a stretch.
Earlier in the month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had taken up the issue of Naik’s extradition with his Malaysian counterpart Mahathir Mohamad. Naik has escaped India and is taking a shelter in Malaysia.
Naik is wanted in India for serious charges related to terrorism after his name cropped in connection with a ghastly terror attack at Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka on July 2016.
Radical Islamist Zakir Naik, a Mumbai-born 53-year-old who is the founder of the controversial ‘Peace TV’ has been living in Malaysia since 2017 after fleeing from India and the previous government there had granted permanent residency to him.
Although the current Mahathir administration has barred the controversial Islamic preacher from delivering public speeches, it is yet to take any decision on sending him back to India.