We want Zakir Naik back in India and working towards it: Foreign Minister S Jaishankar

Written By: Sidhant Sibal Edited By: Shivani Kumar WION
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Sep 17, 2019, 09:08 PM(IST)

File photo of Zakir Naik. Photograph:( DNA )

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External affairs minister S Jaishankar said, 'Let me make it very clear for a record, there is extradition for Zakir naik, we want him back and that is what we are working on.'

India has made it clear that it wants Islamic preacher Zakir Naik who has taken permanent residency in Malaysia back and is working towards it.

External affairs minister S Jaishankar said, "Let me make it very clear for a record, there is extradition for Zakir naik, we want him back and that is what we are working on."

The development comes in the backdrop of Malaysian PM Mahathir bin Mohamad rejecting the claim that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked for Zakir Naik to be extradited to India during the bilateral meet on the sidelines of Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok earlier this month.

"Not many countries want him (Naik). India has not insisted. I met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he did not ask me that he wants this man back. This man could be troublesome for India," Mahathir was quoted as saying during an interview with Malaysian radio station BFM`s show, the Breakfast Grille.

Jaishankar said, "My understanding of Vladivostok meeting was, that Zakir naik issue did come up and the expectation was communicated from our side that officials concerned should meet quickly and sort out this matter to our satisfaction."

India had sent its extradition request in January of 2018 to Malaysia and "from January 2018, we have been persistently and relentless pursuing this matter at all levels" Jaishankar explained.

Born in Mumbai, Zakir Naik is wanted in India and is known for his hate speeches. In 2017, India had revoked his passport and declared him an offender. There is now growing criticism of Naik in Malaysia as well where he has been involved in hate speeches against minority Hindu population.

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