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Modi hits at Zakir Naik, says preachers of hate threaten society

The Mumbai-born televangalist, currently in Saudi Arabia, was supposed to address a press conference via Skype on Monday but he called it off at the last minute, and instead released a written statement

Taking a veiled swipe at controversial Islamic preacher and televangelist Zakir Naik, PM Narendra Modi on Monday said “We live in a world where preachers of hate and violence are threatening the fabric of our society.” Modi made the comments while addressing the students of the University of Nairobi.

“As young dynamic citizens of Kenya and as members of the African society, you would need to be watchful of those who spread radical ideologies,” he said.

Naik has faced criticism for allegedly inspiring one the attackers that killed 20 people at a cafe in Dhaka though his speeches on Press TV. He has been put under the scanner by the government. Investigative agencies are looking into his speeches which have been termed provocative.

The Mumbai born televangalist, currently in Saudi Arabia was supposed to address a press conference via Skype but he called it off at the last minute, and instead released a written statement.

In a statement released on Monday, he said no Indian government agency has so far contacted him over the allegations against him.

“So far, not a single official Indian government agency has contacted me for any clarification regarding this issue. It would be my pleasure to cooperate with any official Indian government investigation agency for any information they might require from me,” he said.

Naik accused the media of “twisting and not publishing unedited statements and mutilating and misutilising statements to serve their vested agenda”

He also said he was ready to cooperate with any sort of investigation against him.

 

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