Bangladesh bans Islamic preacher Zakir Naik’s Peace TV
His speeches aired on the channel are believed to have inspired one of the militants behind the siege at a café in Dhaka on July 2.
Controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik’s Peace TV has been banned in Bangladesh. Bangladeshi Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu made the announcement at a press conference on Sunday, following a meeting of the cabinet committee, Dhaka Tribune reported.
The speeches made by Naik on his international Islamic channel are believed to have inspired one of the militants behind the July 1 siege at a café in Dhaka, in which 20 people were killed. In a lecture aired on Peace TV, Naik had allegedly urged all Muslims to be terrorists.
The Maharashtra government has launched an inquiry in the preacher, and Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju had said his speeches were a “matter of concern”. The sources of funding for Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation is also being looked into.