No invitation extended to Zakir Naik to attend WC, Qatar tells India

New Delhi, Nov 24 (IANS): The External Affairs Ministry on Thursday said Qatar has informed India that the controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik was not extended any invitation to attend the ongoing FIFA World Cup.

External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said that India had taken up the matter of Naik's extradition with Qatar, after reports that the fugitive preacher, who is now a Malaysian national, was invited to Qatar, where he is expected to deliver religious lectures.

Bagchi said that the issue of Naik being a "wanted" criminal in India, was raised with Qatar.

Naik had fled to Malaysia in 2016, just before the National Investigation Agency started a probe against him.

On Tuesday, reacting to the controversial Islamic preacher's presence at the FIFA World Cup, Petroleum Minister Hardeep Singh Puri had said that India will raise this issue and decisive action will be taken as well.

Naik faces charges of money laundering and delivering hate speeches in India.



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  • Anand A, Mangaluru

    Fri, Nov 25 2022

    Not invited but invitation was mailed to him by mistake. Nevertheless, Qatar sponsors radicals everywhere,.

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  • Ahmed, Bangalore

    Fri, Nov 25 2022

    Whatever english term the world tags with, they shall remain to be called practicing Muslims for us.

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  • Don, Mangalore

    Thu, Nov 24 2022

    The FIFA world cup in Qatar has been soaked in controversy since the time it was awarded. So many countries that have openly called for the boycott of games. During the Nupur Sharma controversy Qatar was the first country to take up the matter with the Indian authorities, as they demanded an official apology from India. To build the stadiums in Qatar India lost 2611 of it sons, and till date no compensation was paid. But now why has Qatar invited this known fugitive to give talks on Islam at official venues? How can someone on a private visit to Qatar get access to the preach Islam, and that too in public venues? How did a criminal like Zakir get the visa to go to Qatar? If he was on private visit (Please see the many online videos) where his official entry and welcome into the games with both Qatari and FIFA officials walking with him as he enters the stadium?

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  • Ahmed, Mangalore

    Fri, Nov 25 2022

    Qatar is an independent country, not a state or union territory of India.

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  • Qadir, KUNDAPURA

    Fri, Nov 25 2022

    Sitting in India talking in favour of qatar. NDCAOMN

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