According to Union Minister Hardeep Puri, India will communicate its views on the matter to the authorities in the strongest possible following reports that Qatar has invited controversial Islamic preachers and Indian fugitive Zakir Naik to the FIFA World Cup.
As far as the invitation extended to Naik is concerned, the Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs has no knowledge of it.
When asked if India would protest this invitation, Puri responded, “I am certain that India will protestNevertheless, since he is a Malaysian national, I have no idea whether or not they were aware of the invitation. The same information is available to me as it is to you.”
The minister stated, “We (India) have our opinions on him, and I am confident that they will be conveyed in the strongest possible terms to the appropriate authorities.”
In the meantime, BJP spokesperson Savio Rodrigues called on the Centre, the Indian Football Association, and Indian travellers to boycott FIFA. According to Rodrigues in a video tweet, the FIFA World Cup is a global event. It is a spectacular sport that attracts spectators from around the world, as well as millions of television viewers and online viewers. Zakir Naik would be a platform for a terrorist to spread his radicalism and hatred at a time when the world is fighting global terrorism.
Naik was charged with promoting religious hatred and unlawful activity in November 2016 by India’s counterterrorism agency. As a result, Naik sought asylum and relocated to Malaysia the following year. There, he was granted permanent residency.
A five-year ban was imposed on the Naik-founded Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) by the Home Ministry in March of this year. A request for his extradition has also been sent to
As a result of his hate speech against other religions, Naik is banned in the United Kingdom and Canada. In Malaysia, he is one of 16 Islamic scholars who have been restricted.
With PTI inputs