Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that “preachers of hate and violence are threatening the fabric of our society”.
The prime minister’s comments come after the government initiated the process of bringing Naik’s speeches on Peace TV under the scanner.
PM Modi speaking in Kenya narendramodi
In an apparent reference to Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, PM Modi urged youth to play an important role in building a counter narrative to “extremist ideologies”.
In Kenya, the prime minister spoke of a world free from terror and hate. He also criticised Pakistan while emphasising that those giving shelter to terrorists and using them as political instruments must be condemned. Meanwhile, the Shiv Sena has sought the arrest of Naik, claiming that he is playing a divisive role in India.
“Zakir Naik is playing a divisive role for this country. He is presently outside the country. He should be arrested as soon as he lands on Indian soil,” the Shiv Sena said in an editorial in party mouthpiece Saamana.
The Sena also likened Zakir Naik’s work to the activities of Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar.
Naik is notorious for justifying jihadi terror attacks openly, refusing to condemn them.
Zakir Naik, whose sermons are already banned in Canada and the UK, is now under investigation in both Bangladesh and India, which have both pulled his Peace TV channel from the air. Bangladesh has alleged he inspired at least one of the terrorists who killed 22 people at a Dhaka restaurant on July 1. India’s broadcasting ministry has vowed action against so-called unauthorised channels which air it.