ZAKIR NAIK’S ISLAMIC RESEARCH FOUNDATION BANNED FOR 5 MORE YEARS

The central government on Monday extended the ban on the Islamic Research Foundation to 5 more years. The foundation owned by Indian-born preacher Zakir Naik was declared unlawful under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act in November, 2016. The Union Home Ministry said that IRF was indulging in activities which are prejudicial to the security of the country and have the potential of disturbing peace and communal harmony and disrupting the secular fabric of the country. It is of the opinion that the IRF, and it’s its founder has been ‘encouraging’ its followers to promote or attempt to promote, on grounds of religion, disharmony or feelings of enmity, hatred or ill-will between different religious communities and groups which are prejudicial to the integrity and security of the country.

 

The Home Ministry said that Naik’s speeches were objectionable and that he promotes enmity between groups. It also observed that he spreads the same using TV, internet and social media all around the world. The ministry said he disrupts the secular fabric of the country by polluting the minds of the people by creating communal disharmony, propagate anti-national sentiments, escalate secessionism by supporting militancy

 

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