Srinagar: Terror preacher Zakir Naik is back on Indian television!
As per a video exclusively accessed by Times Now, it has been established that venomous sermons of the absconding Islamic preacher are being broadcast in Kashmir via local TV channels and cable operators.
The video shows the controversial Peace TV broadcasts are back on Kashmir cable television channels in several localities.
The broadcasts are in complete defiance of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry’s ban on Peace TV in India.
The revelation has raised concerns in Kashmir as the terror preacher continues to radicalise young minds there. Questions are already being asked whether Naik sermons could be behind the continuing unrest in the Valley?
In one of the videos broadcast in Kashmir, Naik can be heard saying, “Islam will master all other faiths… Islam will prevail over Christianity, Judaism and Hinduism.”
The big question before the state government is: in a sensitive state like J&K, how are Zakir Naik’s hate speeches being aired unchecked? The state government also needs to explain how nationwide ban on Zakir Naik’s speeches is being flouted openly there?
Earlier this year, the controversial Islamic preacher was declared a proclaimed offender and the National Investigation Agency (NIA) began the process to attach his assets.
Naik is being probed by the NIA under terror and money-laundering charges. He fled from India on July 1, 2016 after terrorists in neighbouring Bangladesh claimed that they were inspired by his speeches on waging ‘jihad’ (a holy war).
According to the ‘Middle East Monitor‘, an online news portal, Naik has already been granted citizenship by Saudi Arabia. However, there has not been any independent verification of this claim so far.
Naik had his passport renewed in January 2016 for 10 years.
The NIA, on November 18, 2016, had registered a criminal case against the controversial preacher at its Mumbai branch under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
His organisation, the Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), was declared an “unlawful association” by the government a day before the NIA registered the case.
Naik is accused of spreading hatred through his provocative speeches, funding terrorists and laundering crores of rupees over the years.
(With PTI inputs)