1. IRF banned to divert attention from demonetisation, alleges Zakir Naik in an open letter

IRF banned to divert attention from demonetisation, alleges Zakir Naik in an open letter

Controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik has termed the five-year ban on Islamic Research Foundation as the attack on 'Muslims, peace, democracy and justice'.

By: | New Delhi | Published: November 25, 2016 5:53 PM
The preacher has been booked under section 153-A of IPC apart from various sections of UAPA. (PTI) The preacher has been booked under section 153-A of IPC apart from various sections of UAPA. (PTI)

Controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik has termed the five-year ban on Islamic Research Foundation as the attack on “Muslims, peace, democracy and justice”. In an open letter today he said that the ban on his organisation was timed with the demonetisation step in order to divert media attention.

Recently, the centre had banned the IRF and declared it as a terrorist organisation under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) for five years. In the letter, the 51-year-old said he will look for all legal options to get the ban cancelled and added that that the judiciary will fail NDA Government in its ‘plans’.

The preacher has been booked under section 153-A of IPC apart from various sections of UAPA. Before any probe was done were done, even before reports submitted, the IRF was already banned, Zakir Naik further wrote in the letter.

Whether it was owing to my religion or some other reason, does not matter. What now matters is that my work of 25 years –completely lawful work – has been banned. And that is the most unfortunate thing for this country,” Naik said in his letter.

He also said that from the government’s point of view, the timing could not have been better. The decision to ban IRF was taken in midst of ongoing demonetisation fiasco in the country, as it reeled under cash crunch.

In the letter Zakir Naik further wrote that won’t be surprised if this ban was meant to shift the attention of media from what was going on in the country, he said.

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    MYusuf Advani
    Nov 25, 2016 at 2:07 pm
    Since beginning my neighborers and senior citizen in the vicinity advised me to watch Peace TV on and off-but my conscience never agree to watch this because I doubted Zakir Naik, who profess sorcery, it is confirmed when his organisation was banned. He is at liberty to go to the court of law.It is not at all nothing to do with demonetization. He should not be entertain India again, let him live out of India.
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      Sanjay
      Nov 25, 2016 at 12:43 pm
      What a joke
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        Vishal Srivastav
        Nov 25, 2016 at 2:38 pm
        That is what these people are capable of. Whatever you do with them, they bring it down to the level of religion and hide behind it. Listen to his speeches, he is a person who can't stand anyone else's religion. Who has given him the right to look down upon others' religions? And if he is not wrong, why is he still absconding? Why not return to India and defend yourself in the court of law? I must say the only followers he has are the people who are illiterate, ignorant, cruel and blind in the name of faith. He knows how to play the religion card.
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