Islamic preacher Dr Zakir Naik has released an anti-India hate statement targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government and its decision to scrap Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.
Zakir Naik, in the statement, hit out at the Indian government’s actions in Kashmir and warned against a Palestine-like situation building up in the state.
Zakir Naik, who is no stranger to controversies and his anti-India stance, said that Kashmir is another Palestine in the making and “Israel is giving tutorials to India on Kashmir”.
Zakir Naik said that Kashmir’s current situation is an “action of hatred by the right-wing extremist Bharatiya Janata Party [BJP] government”. Talking of Article 370, Zakir Naik said that Kashmir was “singled out for being a Muslim-majority state”.
In his statement, Zakir Naik detested “pumping in a million armed personnel” and called it an “act of war by the the BJP government against the biggest Muslim community in the country”.
Zakir Naik also went on to claim that Kashmiri youth are being arrested and “sent to undisclosed jails in and outside Kashmir”. Zakir Naik, elaborating his statement said, “Every detainee is reported to being subject to extreme torture that lasts for hours. There are reports of beating with sticks and rods and electrocution for hours at a stretch.”
“There are also reports of Indian soldiers firing at and killing women and children passing by. But as usual, the Indian government continues to deny the deaths and injuries or any wrongdoing by the Indian military,” Zakir Naik claimed.
Zakir Naik said that the BJP and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s (RSS) have admiration for Isreal and how “Israel is giving tutorials to India on Kashmir”.
Zakir Naik targeted Modi government’s decision to scrap Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir calling it “Modi government’s atrocities on Kashmiris”.
Zakir Naik in the past has made similar claims in his anti-India hate statements. Zakir Naik is wanted in India for fuelling terrorism.
Naik reportedly left India in 2016 and subsequently moved to Muslim-majority Malaysia, where he was granted permanent residency.