Peace TV banned in Bangladesh

by Douglas Stevenson Julio 11, 2016, 5:06
Peace TV banned in Bangladesh

"The ministry handling religious affairs will issue an advisory to imams of the country's 300,000 masjids to come out positively in line with real Islamic ideology and denounce terrorism and extremism".

The central government on Friday launched a multi-pronged probe into controversies around the speeches and "online sermons" of Naik with the Union Home Ministry seeking investigation by intelligence agencies while Information and Broadcasting minister M. Venkaiah Naidu personally met top officials on the issue.

On July 1, two of the seven young militants, who struck at an upscale cafe in Dhaka's diplomatic Gulshan enclave, were reportedly inspired by the Salafi tele-evangelist's speeches.

Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu made the disclosure at a press briefing after a Cabinet committee meeting on law and order on Sunday, reports the Dhaka Tribune.

Security will also be provided to export-oriented industrial units and EPZ areas if necessary, Amu said. "Our intelligence agencies are investigating his activities as his lectures appeared provocative", Khan had told PTI.

The initial inquiries founded that Naik's speeches are provocative, objectionable and so is his writing.

Another student of a well-regarded university participated in a deadly attack in northern Bangladesh on Thursday that killed at least three people at a huge prayer gathering marking the start of Eid.

Naik has come under scanner over reports that one of the Dhaka attackers were allegedly inspired by his speeches.

"There is not a single talk of mine where I encouraged one to kill another, whether Muslim or non-Muslim", he said in a statement.

The station is run by Indian doctor-turned-preacher Zakir Naik, the founder and president of Mumbai-based Islamic Research Foundation, and its programmes are aired from Dubai.

Britain and Canada also banned Dr. Naik from setting foot on their soil several years ago, while Malaysia banned his lectures fearing that they could instigate racial tensions.

The Cabinet committee took the decision to ban the channel after allegations rose that Zakir Naik's preaching was "inspiring acts of terrorism".


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