Amid speculation on Zakir Naik, no confirmation about Modi-Mahathir meet

Amid speculation on Zakir Naik, no confirmation about Modi-Mahathir meet

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New Delhi, Sep 2: There is no official confirmation yet about the bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Malaysian counterpart Mahathir Mohamad during the 5th Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) to be held at Vladivostok in Russia from September 4. "As of now we are still awaiting confirmation on the bilateral (between PM Modi and Malaysian counterpart Mahathir Mohamad)," Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale told reporters here.

He was asking specific question whether matters related to radical Islamic preacher Zakir Naik could be raised at the bilateral meeting between the two leaders. In recent past, the authorities in Malaysia have given mixed signals on Naik after it was reported in a section of Malaysian media that controversial tele evangelist Zakir Naik's Permanent Resident status given by Malaysian government may be revoked as Naik had indulged in 'politics' and not mere religious preaching.

The 'tele-evangelist' is alleged to have influenced Bangladeshi youths in 2016.
Zakir Naik was granted Malaysian Permanent Resident status in 2015. Malaysian authorities last year said they would not extradite Zakir to India despite receiving an extradition application from India to face money-laundering charges. On August 14, External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar held a meeting with Malaysian Minister P Waytha Moorthy, Special envoy of PM Mohammad. (UNI)