BJP Leader Calls for FIFA Boycott Over Qatar’s Invite to Indian Fugitive Zakir Naik

BJP Spokesperson Savio Rodrigues on Tuesday appealed to the federal government, Indian Soccer Associations and vacationers travelling to Qatar for the FIFA World Cup to boycott the occasion after the host nation invited controversial Indian Islamic preacher Zakir Naik.

Naik, an Indian fugitive who has been dwelling in exile in Malaysia since 2017, has reportedly been invited to Qatar to ship non secular lectures.

In an announcement, Rodrigues mentioned that at a time when the world was battling terrorism, giving Naik a platform was akin to giving a ‘terrorist’ and platform to unfold ‘hate’, the ANI reported.

“FIFA World Cup is a world occasion. Individuals from all around the world come to witness this spectacular sport and likewise tens of millions watch it on TV and the web. Giving a platform to Zakir Naik, at a time when the world is preventing world terrorism, is to present a platform to a terrorist to unfold his radicalism and hate,” he mentioned.

“Zakir Naik is a wished man underneath Indian regulation. He’s charged with money-laundering crimes and hate speeches. He’s a terror sympathiser. The truth is, he’s at least a terrorist himself. He has brazenly supported terrorist Osama bin Laden and has been instrumental in spreading Islamic radicalism and hate in India,” Rodrigues added.

The BJP chief appealed to Indians and people from different international locations who have been victims of terrorism to boycott FIFA “in solidarity with the worldwide combat in opposition to terrorism”.

Naik has been a controversial character in India for many years. He shot to fame throughout the Nineties over his actions of da’wah (an act of inviting or calling folks to embrace Islam) by his organisation Islamic Analysis Basis (IRF), and can also be the founding father of the ‘comparative faith’ Peace TV. The channel reportedly has a attain of over 100 million viewers, lots of whom regard him as an exponent of the Salafi (a reform second throughout the Sunni neighborhood) ideology.

India outlawed the IRF late in 2016 on the fees of encouraging and aiding the group’s followers in “selling or trying to advertise emotions of enmity, hatred, or ill-will between completely different non secular communities and teams.” In March this 12 months, the Ministry of Dwelling Affairs (MHA) declared IRF an illegal affiliation and outlawed it for 5 years.

He relocated to Malaysia in 2016, simply earlier than the Nationwide Investigation Company (NIA) began a probe in opposition to the non secular preacher. He’s wished in India on fees of cash laundering and alleged hyperlinks to terror-related actions.

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