Bangladesh bans Zakir Naik's Peace TV

Bangladesh bans Zakir Naik's Peace TV

"We have made a decision to stop airing the channel across the country", Xinhua news agency quoted Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu as saying.

The direction comes amid reports that one of the terrorists who attacked an upmarket restaurant in the Bangladeshi capital a few days ago, killing 22 people, was inspired by sermons of the 50-year-old Mumbai-based Islamic scholar.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that CDs of Naik's speeches were being examined for necessary action, while the Information and Broadcasting ministry promised action against cable operators who air his speeches illegally.

Mumbai-based Zakir Naik has come under the scanner after it was reported that his speeches have inspired some of the Dhaka cafe attackers.

It said that cable TV rules specifies that no cable operator shall carry or include in his cable service any television broadcast or channel which has not been registered by the central government for being viewed within the territory of India.

Earlier in the day, security personnel were also deployed outside Naik's Islamic Research Foundation office but a Mumbai police official told Times Of India that the deployment of force was just a "precautionary measure".

Additionally, Maharashtra state Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis also directed Mumbai Police Commissioner to investigate and submit a detailed report on the speeches and activities of Zakir Naik.

"Any content being broadcast in violation of the guidelines, action will be taken against them to the extent that confiscation of their entire broadcasting equipment", Rahore told reporters.

"In the backdrop of growing terrorist activities in the sub-continent and religious fundamentalism, immediate steps are required to forbid such propagandas, which have potential to destroy the communal harmony in Kolkata and the state". Last year, Naik received Saudi Arabia's most prestigious prize for service to Islam, the King Faisal International Prize.

"Peace TV is inconsistent with Muslim society, the Quran, Sunnah, Hadith, Bangladesh's Constitution, our culture, customs and rituals", Inu added.

"I don't have any proof that any country has banned me officially".


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