Controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, who has been alleged of inspiring attackers behind the Dhaka attack, wrote an open letter to Indians asking what exactly has he done to get the tag of ‘Dr Terror’.
In a four-page open letter released in Mumbai, Naik posed five questions to the government as to what he has done to earn the tags of ‘terror preacher’, ‘Dr Terror’.
The 50-year-old televangelist asked ‘Why now?’ and said that he has been preaching the same thing for 25 years not just in India but across the world.
“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!,” he wrote.
Naik, a medical doctor-turned Salafist preacher, said the entire row in the last few months have come as a shock’ to him and termed it as ‘murder of democracy’.
“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,” he wrote in the letter.
On the government’s action against his NGO, he asked why would the government renew IRF’s FCRA registration and then cancel it? And that it seemed “illogical”
Here is his full letter: