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PM Modi didn’t talk of Zakir Naik extradition, says Malaysian PM

New Delhi, Sep 17: A new twist to extradition of Zakir Naik to India came when Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Tuesday revealed that PM Narendra Modi did not ask for the extradition of controversial Islamic preacher.

When asked if there is a proposition to return controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik to India , Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dr Mahathir Mohamad said, “Not many countries want him. I met Prime Minister Modi, he didn’t ask me for him. This man could also be troublesome for India”.

Mohamad’s statements reveals Indian foreign ministry officials lies about India’s stand on Zakir as Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale had said that PM Modi raised the issue of Naik’s extradition during a meeting between with his counterpart on the sidelines of the fifth meeting of the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF).

“Zakir Naik isn’t a national of this country, he was given permanent status by the previous government. A permanent resident is not supposed to make comments on the country’s system or politics. He breached that so now he isn’t allowed to speak,”Mahathir Mohamad was quoted as saying by local media.

Both the parties have decided that our officials will stay in contact regarding the matter and it is an important issue for us,” Gokhale said.

Naik left India in 2016 and subsequently moved to Malaysia, where he was granted permanent residency. BJP leaders have been claiming that Indian authorities are engaged in extraditing controversial preacher since 2016 for alleged money laundering and inciting extremism through hate speeches.

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