Kuala Lumpur, August 7
Malaysia was searching for a rustic besides India to ship Zakir Naik, however not many nations are prepared to simply accept the controversial preacher, former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad has stated.
Naik, a 54-year-old radical Islamic preacher wished by the Indian authorities for alleged cash laundering and inciting extremism by means of hate speeches, left India in 2016 and subsequently moved to the largely Muslim Malaysia, the place he was granted everlasting residency when Mahathir was the prime minister.
Claiming that the fugitive Islamic preacher “would not be safe from the Indian public”, the 95-year-old politician, who’s eyeing a comeback, stated he want to ship Naik to some nation “where we feel he will be safe”.
“For the time being he (Naik) can stay here but we would like to send him to some other country where he would be safe. Unfortunately, not many countries are willing to accept him,” Mahathir was quoted as saying by the WION information channel.
When requested whether or not he would extradite Naik if he turns into the Prime Minister of Malaysia once more, Mahathir stated, “Well, we would like to send him to some country where we feel he will be safe”.
He as soon as once more refused to ship Naik to India, saying “at this moment we feel that he would not be safe from the Indian public”.
Naik has been banned from any public actions within the multi-ethnic nation after his controversial remarks in opposition to Malaysian Hindus and Chinese final 12 months.
When Mahathir was the prime minister he had stated that his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi didn’t request the extradition of Naik throughout a bilateral assembly in Russia in September 2019, a declare contested by India which has sought the extradition of the fugitive preacher. PTI