He was offered a safe passage in exchange for my support of the government’s move in Kashmir, says Zakir Naik News – India
In a statement issued by Naik’s public relations team on Saturday, the Islamic preacher said he was contacted by a representative of the Indian government in September, who offered him such an agreement in Kashmir, which he rejected.
“Three and a half months earlier, Indian officials approached me for a private meeting with a representative of the Indian government. When he came to Putrajaya (a Malaysian city), in the fourth week of September 2019, to meet with me, he said he came after meeting personally and under the direct instructions of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Minister of the Interior of India Amit Shah,” Naik said in a video statement posted by his Mumbai-based public relations team.
Naik, who has been living in Malaysia for the past three years, faces charges of inciting communal disharmony and committing illegal activities in India.
He also faces a probe in both India and Bangladesh in connection with the terrorist attack on the Holey artisan bakery in Dhaka in July 2016.
“(The representative) said he wanted to eliminate misconceptions and miscommunications between me (Naik) and the Indian government, and he wanted to provide me with a safe passage to India,” he added. “The representative said he would like to use my connections to improve the relationship between India and the other Muslim countries.”
“The meeting lasted several hours. He told me he wanted me to support the BJP government when they revoked Article 370 in Kashmir. And I flatly refused,” he added.
Naik said that after rejecting the offer, he was further asked not to make public statements against the BJP or Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The preacher’s controversial claim came almost a month after the President of the Maldives Parliament, Mohamed Nasheed, during his visit to India, said that “Zakir Naik wanted to come to the Maldives, we did not allow it.”
Naik further said he believes indian Muslim leaders who issued statements in support of the Citizenship Amendment Act or the National Citizen Registry must have been “blackmailed, pressurized or forced” to do the same.
Naik’s statement came in response to social media posts by academic Shaikh Yasir Qadi, who made similar claims.