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'Wanted in India' Zakir Naik to embark on Kelantan tour

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Controversial Muslim preacher Dr Zakir Naik will be embarking on a tour of Kelantan next month amid an extradition request from India.

State executive councillor Mohamed Fadzli Hassan said the programme from Aug 7 to 10 would be an indirect show of support for the Indian-born preacher and Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad's refusal to extradite him.

Zakir, who is now a Malaysian permanent resident, is wanted by Indian authorities over money laundering charges, which the preacher claims are false.

According to a Harakah Online article, Fadzli said the preacher would hold an “executive talk” with civil servants at Kota Darulnaim on Aug 8.

On the same night, he would have a discourse with university lecturers and youths at Dewan Besar Kompleks Balai Islam Lundang.

The next day, Zakir is scheduled to deliver the Friday sermon at Masjid Sultan Ismail Petra di Kubang Kerian.

Meanwhile, the preacher's wife, Farhat Naik, would attend a programme with Muslim women on Aug 9 at the Kota Bharu Municipal Council hall.

The “Dr Zakir Naik: The Kelantan Tour 2019” would culminate with a speech on uniting Muslims at Stadium Sultan Muhammad IV on the night of Aug 9.

On June 28, Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah confirmed that Malaysia had received a request from India for the extradition of Zakir.

Prior to this, Zakir said he would return to India if the Supreme Court guarantees that he would not be arrested or imprisoned until he is convicted.

He was responding to the order for him to appear before India's Special Court on the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in Mumbai on July 31.

Early last month, Mahathir had expressed concern as to whether Zakir would be granted a fair trial in India.

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