Televangelist Dr Zakir Naik, who has been living in self-exile in Malaysia since 2016, has confirmed that an emissary of the Prime Minister,Mr. Narendra Modi, offered him a 'safe passage to India' in return for supporting the BJP government’s revocation of Jammu and Kashmir special status.
The revelation was first made by a Pakistani-American scholar and evangelist, Sheikh Yasir Qadhi.
Dr Zakir Naik, founder of the Islamic Research Foundation and Peace TV, said in a message that scores of journalists and media houses have approached him within a span of 48 hours to verify Sheikh Yasir’s claim.
Dr Zakir revealed that an 'Indian government representative' came to the Malaysian city of Putrajaya in the fourth week of September 2019 to meet him 'under the direct instructions of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah' to 'remove misunderstandings and miscommunications between myself and the Indian government'.
'He [the emissary] offered me a safe passage to India,' said the televangelist with a huge fan following.
'The same BJP which hounded me for three and a half years, and the same Narendra Modi who used my name nine times in less than two minutes during his election campaign in May 2019 is bartering with me for a safe passage,' he said. 'I said to myself, it’s too good to be true.'
Dr Zakir Naik, who left India in 2016 after New Delhi accused him of promoting hate speech and inciting terrorism, has been granted permanent residency in Malaysia. India has requested for his extradition, but Prime Minister, Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, refused to send him back.