PM Modi meets Malaysian PM; speaks up on extradition of Zakir Naik

Vladivostok | Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, in a meeting with Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed, spoke about the extradition of Islamic preacher Zakir Naik.

PM Modi took up the matter with the Malaysian prime minister during their bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale told media while briefing on the meeting.

Multiple reports say that the Malaysian Prime Minister responded positively after PM Modi raised the issue.

Since such matters are not dealt with at the leadership level, the officials of the two countries will discuss how Naik can be brought back to India at the earliest to face law of the land, they explained.

Mumbai-born Islamic preacher Zakir Naik is wanted by India for “spreading religious terror”, and his name has also come up in terrorism charges.

The current Malaysian government has so far not decided on sending him back to India but has barred him from delivering public speeches.

His activities are under constant monitoring of the Malaysian authorities.

He recently made some racial comments, after which Malaysia’s Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said that no one is above the country’s law, “much less a permanent resident” even if he is Zakir Naik.

The National Investigation Agency, or NIA, has asked the Interpol multiple times to issue a red corner notice, which has been declined by the latter.

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