Maulana Azad Uni VC gives clean chit to Zakir Naik

20 July,2016

RTNN News Desk: Zafar Sareshwala, VC of Maulana Azad National Urdu University Hyderabad, has given clean chit to ‘Islamic preacher’ Zakir Naik.

Sareshwala, who is considered close to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said he knew Naik for decades and he is a preacher of peace.

In an interview with News 24, the Maulana Azad University VC said: “I have known Zakir bhai for years. He is a preacher of peace and is being wrongly put to media trial.”

Regarding the Dhaka terror attack, Sareshwala said: “Someone might disagree with Zakir Naik’s speeches, but he never promoted terrorism.”

Zakir’s remarks were “blown out of context” and he has never inspired any terror activity for which he was blamed, the Sareshwala added.

On July 1, a group of terrorists stormed a cafe in Gulshan, Dhaka and killed 20 hostages, including 17 foreigners.

According to media reports, at least one of the terrorists was a follower of Zakir Naik on social media.

On July 10, Bangladesh imposed a ban on Peace TV, a channel run by Zakir Naik.

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