New Delhi, Sep 17: Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Tuesday revealed that PM Narendra Modi did not ask for the extradition of Zakir Naik to India.
When asked if there is a proposition to return controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik to India , Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dr Mahathir Mohamad said, “Not many countries want him. I met Prime Minister Modi, he didn’t ask me for him. This man could also be troublesome for India”.
But Indian foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale had said that PM Modi raised the issue of Naik’s extradition during a meeting between with his counterpart on the sidelines of the fifth meeting of the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF).
“Zakir Naik isn’t a national of this country, he was given permanent status by the previous government. A permanent resident is not supposed to make comments on the country’s system or politics. He breached that so now he isn’t allowed to speak,”Mahathir Mohamad was quoted as saying by local media.
Both the parties have decided that our officials will stay in contact regarding the matter and it is an important issue for us,” Gokhale said.