NEW DELHI: The Indian government on Tuesday decided to declare an NGO promoted by Islamic preacher Zakir Naik as an outlawed organisation for five years, Indian media reports say.
According to Indian media, the decision to declare Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) as an ‘unlawful association’ was taken at a meeting of the Union Cabinet presided over by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the organisation’s ‘alleged terror activities’.
The Indian Home Ministry claimed that Zakir Naik’s NGO was propagating terrorism.
A medical doctor by professional training, Dr Zakir Naik is renowned as an orator on Islam and Comparative Religion. He is the President of Islamic Research Foundation, Mumbai, India.
Naik is the ideologue and driving force behind Peace TV Network. He launched Peace TV English, in January 2006, and the channel claims that it is the largest watched ‘Islamic’ as well as ‘any Religious’ Satellite TV channel presently in the world.