Russia: PM Modi Meets His Malaysian Counterpart, Raises Issue of Zakir Naik’s Extradition
PM Modi, during his Russia visit, met with his Malaysian counterpart, Mahathir Mohamed, on Thursday, September 5, 2019. And while meeting him, he raised the issue of Zakir Naik’s extradition. The man is a fugitive in India and is currently taking shelter in Malaysia.
Both the prime ministers had a bilateral meeting with each other, the Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale told the media while briefing on the meeting between the two leaders.
Post-meeting, it was also decided that both the PMs will stay in touch with each other, and India will request to Malaysia to extradite Zakir Naik.
According to the media sources, the Malaysian Prime Minister, Mr. Mohamed, responded positively after the issue was raised by PM Modi.
Naik, 53, is wanted in India for very serious charges related to terrorism, after his name was revealed in connection to a huge terrorist attack at Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka, in July 2016.
He had also founded the ‘Peace TV’, a controversial channel, in India, and is living in Malaysia since 2017, after he fled from the country. The last government in Malaysia, before Mahathir Mohamed’s, had granted him a permanent residence, two years ago.
The current government there has not yet decided on sending him back to India, but his public speeches are not allowed in that country.
Malaysian authorities are constantly monitoring his activities.
Talking about PM Modi’ visit to Russia, then before that, he had also been to France for G7 Summit, Bhutan and on a three-nation tour as well, last month.