Modi didn't ask me to return Zakir Naik: Malaysia PM


Kuala Lumpur, Sep 17 (IANS): Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Tuesday said that his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi did not request him to return controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, who is a fugitive in India and has taken shelter in the Asian nation.

Mahathir added that Modi, whom he met in Russia during an economic forum earlier this month, made no extradition request for Naik despite an official notice from New Delhi, reports Malay Mail.

"Not many countries want him. I met with Modi. He didn't ask me for this man," Mahathir told the Kuala Lumpur-based BFM Malaysia radio station on Tuesday morning.

He said that the city of Putrajaya is still looking for a place to send the 53-year-old Naik.

Mahathir also reaffirmed that Naik will no longer be allowed to publicly speak in Malaysia following his racially divisive remarks which include saying that the Chinese should be sent back to China.

"Well, he's not a national of this country. He has been given, I think by the previous government, permanent residence status. A permanent resident isn't supposed to make any comments on this country's systems and politics. He has breached that. He is now not allowed to speak.

"We are trying to find someplace he can go to but at the moment, no one wants to accept him," the Prime Minister added.

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.

The Mumbai-born founder of the controversial 'Peace TV' has been living in Malaysia since 2017 after fleeing from India.

Last month, Naik was banned from delivering public talks in every state in Malaysia by the police in the interest of national security.

On August 3, he said that Hindus in Malaysia get "100 times more rights" than the Muslim minority gets in India, and yet they support the "Prime Minister of India and not the Prime Minister of Malaysia."

 

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  • Justin Lobo, Bangalore

    Tue, Sep 17 2019

    Zakir Naik is learning Maths along with Chaiwala. 1+1+1=3. ALIF, LAM, MIM. 1X1X1=1

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  • AM, Mangalore

    Tue, Sep 17 2019

    Why all world leaders saying Modi said this and Modi did not say this? Is our PM becoming a scape goat? I feel they are embarrassing Indians and Indian PM. Our PM should stay away from all this nonsense or issue a statement what is the truth

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  • MN, Mangalore

    Tue, Sep 17 2019

    Read in between lines.
    "Mahathir added that Modi, whom he met in Russia during an economic forum earlier this month, made no extradition request for Naik despite an official notice from New Delhi, reports Malay Mail."

    That means, Modi, Personally has not requested the PM of Malaysia, however, NEW DELHI (INDIAN GOVERNMENT) has sought the extradition through OFFICIAL NOTICE.

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  • Gangaram, Moodbidri

    Tue, Sep 17 2019

    Dont worry.... Modi will as him for next Loka Sabha election time....

    atleast he can say Mei Zakir ko kinchke le kar aaya......

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  • UMMAR, mangalore

    Tue, Sep 17 2019

    Modi fool india again in this issue ...

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  • Anand, Mangalore

    Tue, Sep 17 2019

    Modi will ask him to return before next election...He kept secret to add this issue in his next election agenda...Happy Birthday Modi...

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  • Jaimini P.B., Manipal,Sharjah

    Tue, Sep 17 2019

    That is a very wise decision from Mr Narendra Modi... Let Zakir Naik spend his remaining days in Malaysia only..No Country wants him...India too...

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  • prem, moodbidri

    Tue, Sep 17 2019

    Your statement is applicable for other other on-run people like Dawood, Mallya, Modi etc ?

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  • Rauf, Mangalore

    Tue, Sep 17 2019

    Hello,

    But BJP/Modi will use Zakir Naik name during election only...What an idea Sirji...Vote bank politics....

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  • Rajesh, Udupi

    Tue, Sep 17 2019

    Previous Modi's - Statement - " Asked Malaysian PM to hand over Zakir Naik to India ", and what Malaysian PM says - " Modi did not ask me to return Zakir Naik". Is it again lies from our PM ? or Malaysian PM lieing !

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  • RANGA, MANGALORE

    Tue, Sep 17 2019

    when you heard PM saying that..even PMO didnt said this..its media speculation only..if PM said this & Malay PM countered it then it would have been huge controversy..its not..Malay PM countering media reports only....why ZN prefer safe, secular, multiculuture countries...why he is not going to ME countries, Iraq, pakistan, Iran, Syria..they need him urgently..not peaceful countries like Malasia/Indonesia..

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  • prem, moodbidri

    Tue, Sep 17 2019

    Modi "We dont want 3rd party interference in tackling Kashmir issue"

    Trump "Modi asked my help to resolve Kashmir issue"

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  • Ozy, Surathkal

    Tue, Sep 17 2019

    Fooling Indian citizens

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  • RANGA, MANGALORE

    Tue, Sep 17 2019

    Malasian PM says "We are trying to find someplace he can go to but at the moment, no one wants to accept him," ...no one wants him, even Indian PM not asked...where this hate monger will go now..He was made Hero in India...may be he wish, congress return to power & welcome him..

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  • Lionel Dsouza, Mangalore

    Tue, Sep 17 2019

    THAT WE KNOW...….HE JUST WENT TO SEE MALAYSIA...….WHICH HE DOES EVERY MONTH VISITING SOME OR OTHER COUNTRY...…….DONT TAKE IT SERIOUSLY ...EVEN WE DONT....

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  • Indian, Udupi

    Tue, Sep 17 2019

    Dear Mr.Mahathir,
    please dont misguide Indians regarding this matter, we have been already informed by our PM through Indian media about Mr.Modi's request to you to extradite Zakir to India as soon as possible....

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