No Invitation Extended to Zakir Naik to Attend FIFA World Cup, Qatar Tells India

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NEW DELHI – The External Affairs Ministry on Thursday said Qatar has informed India that the Islamic preacher Zakir Naik was not extended any invitation to attend the ongoing FIFA World Cup.

External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said that India had taken up the matter of Naik’s extradition with Qatar, after reports that the preacher, who is now a Malaysian national, was invited to Qatar, where he is expected to deliver religious lectures.

Bagchi said that the issue of Naik was raised with Qatar.

Naik had fled to Malaysia in 2016, just before the National Investigation Agency started a probe against him.

On Tuesday, reacting to the Islamic preacher’s presence at the FIFA World Cup, Petroleum Minister Hardeep Singh Puri had said that India will raise this issue and decisive action will be taken as well.

Naik was accused of money laundering and delivering hate speeches by Narendra Modi government. -IANS

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