The Malaysian Prime Minister, Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, has said that his Indian counterpart, Mr. Narendra Modi did not request him to return the controversial preacher Zakir Naik, who is a fugitive in India and has taken shelter in his country.
Dr.Mahathir added that Mr. Modi, whom he met in Russia during an economic forum earlier this month, made no extradition request despite an official notice from New Delhi.
'Not many countries want him. I met with Modi. He didn't ask me for this man,' Dr. Mahathir told the Kuala Lumpur-based BFM Malaysia radio. He said that the city of Putrajaya is still looking for a place to send the 53-year-old Naik.
Dr. Mahathir also reaffirmed that Naik will no longer be allowed to publicly speak in Malaysia following his racially divisive remarks which include saying that the Chinese should be sent back to China.