Zakir Naik: What did I do to earn 'Dr. Terror' tag?
Naik alleged that attack on him was a larger part of attack on Indian Muslims
Controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, in an open letter on Saturday, asked what exactly has he done to earn the tag of “Dr. Terror”.
Demanding a “logical answers” to charges leveled against him, Naik asked five questions to the government as to what he has done to earn the tags of “terror preacher”, “Dr. Terror”.
In a four-page “open letter” released in Mumbai.
“Why now? I have been preaching for 25 years not just in India but across the world. What exactly did I do now to earn the tags of ‘terror preacher’, ‘Dr. Terror’? Of 150 countries where I am respected, I am called a ‘terrorist influencer’ in my own country. What an irony!” the 50-year-old preacher asked in a four page "open letter" released in Mumbai.
“Despite exhaustive investigations, not a single conclusive evidence of wrong doing was reported by any governmental agency. But now investigators are being asked to repeat and continue the probe. Why?” he asked.
Reacting on the government's action against the Islamic Research Foundation, he asked: "Why would the government renew the Islamic Research Foundation’s FCRA registration and then cancel it?”
“Is there (a) design to leaking confidential information of the government, solicitor-general and the MHA? Is there a design to leaking selective government documents to the media,” he asked in the letter.
"This is not just an attack on me, it is an attack against Indian Muslims. And it is an attack against peace, democracy and justice,” Naik wrote in the letter.
Dr Zakir Naik, founder of Peace TV, run by his Mumbai-based IRF, has come under the scanner of security agencies after a Bangladeshi newspaper had reported that one of the attackers of the July 1, 2016 terror strike in Dhaka was “inspired” by his speeches.