Prime Minister Modi did not request the extradition of Zakir Naik, says Malaysian Prime Minister

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister of Malaysia Mahathir Mohamad on Tuesday rejected the claim that his Indian counterpart PM Narendra Modi He had asked that the controversial Islamic preacher be extradited to India.

Not many countries want him (Naik). India has not insisted. I met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he did not ask me that he wants this man back. This man could be troublesome for India, Mahathir said in an interview with Malaysia n radio station BFM's show, the Breakfast Grille.

Modi had met Mahathir Mohamad on the sidelines of the 5th East Economic Forum in Russia The city of the Far East earlier this month. After their meeting, Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale had said that the two leaders discussed Naik's extradition.

Prime Minister Modi raised the issue of extradition of Zakir Naik. Both parties have decided that our officials will keep in touch regarding the matter and it is an important issue for us, Gokhale said at the time.

Naik, who has been living in Malaysia For the past three years, he faces charges for inciting community disharmony and committing illegal activities in India. It also faces research in both India and Bangladesh in connection with the terrorist attack at the Holey craft bakery in Dhaka in July 2016.

Insisting that Naik received permanent citizenship under the previous government, Mahathir said that Kuala Lumpur He's trying to find a place to send Naik.

Not us, but the previous government. We are trying to find a place I can go to, but nobody wants to accept it, Mahathir said when asked if Naik was problematic, why would the government allow him in the country?

He also assured that Naik would not be allowed to make public speeches in Malaysia following his racist remarks against Malaysia n Chinese asked they be sent back to China.

Well, he is not a citizen of this country. The previous government has granted permanent status. And it is assumed that permanent citizenship should not comment on the system and policy of their country. He has violated that and now he will not be allowed to speak, Mahathir said.

In response to calls for his own deportation, Naik -- during a religious talk titled "Executive Talk Bersama Dr Zakir Naik" -- had asked the Malaysia n Chinese to "go back" first as they were the "old guests" of the country.

His speech was condemned by many parties after he compared the Hindus in Malaysia with Muslims in India, saying that the Hindus here enjoyed more than 100 per cent rights as compared to Muslims in India.