Modi, Malaysian PM discusses Kashmir and Zakir Naik

Modi meets his Malaysian counterpart Mahathir Mohamad Photo MEA twitter Sep 4 , 2019

Vladivostok (Russia), Sep 5 Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday raised the issue of extradition of controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik and explained the reason behind abrogating Article370 in Jammu and Kashmir to his Malaysian counterpart Mahathir Mohamad.

Developments related to Jammu and Kashmir were also discussed and Modi explained the “rationale” behind the reorganisation of the state aimed at “effective governance and delivery of social justice”, Gokhale said.He said more focus in the context of Jammu and Kashmir was on terrorism emanating from Pakistan.

Modi took up the matter with Mohamad during their bilateral meeting here on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale told media persons while briefing on the meeting.

Naik is wanted in India for serious charges related to terrorism after his name cropped in connection with a ghastly terror attack at Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka in July 2016.

The Mumbai-born 53-year-old founder of the controversial ‘Peace TV’ has been living in Malaysia since 2017 after fleeing from India and the previous government there had granted permanent residency to him.

The current Malaysian government has so far not decided on sending him back to India but has barred him from delivering his public speeches.

Naik is also facing an inquiry set up by the government of Mahathir Mohamad, who had initially said he could not accept calls to deport the preacher to India as he would be “killed” there.

The two Prime Ministers also discussed the issue of trade imbalance in favour of Malaysia and Mohamad promised to address it, including by increasing imports from India.

Describing the meeting between the two Prime Ministers as very cordial, the Foreign Secretary said Modi told Mohamad that he looked forward to working with him for enhancing the bilateral ties.

The 94-year-old Malaysian leader was elected for the second time as Prime Minister in May.

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