The Bangladesh government has banned the broadcast of Peace TV, a channel run by controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, in Bangladesh, after allegations were made that he inspired acts of terrorism.
Ministers and state ministers of 12 ministries attended the meeting held at the home ministry in the backdrop of two major terrorist attacks in Bangladesh this month. Amu chaired the meeting.
Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu said: “We are aware of the allegations against this TV channel. Those will be investigated,” he told bdnews24.com. “The work will begin as soon as the ministry opens. We will take a stand on the issue without delay.”
Naik is the founder and president of Mumbai-based charity organisation Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), which owns Peace TV. The contents in English, Urdu and Bangla are broadcast from Dubai.
Initial investigations by Indian authorities have found Naik’s speeches to be provocative and objectionable. His explanations on Islam-related issues had also kicked off controversies in many instances. The 50-year-old Indian preacher is banned from entering the UK and Canada and Peace TV is banned in Muslim-majority Malaysia.
At least two of the attackers who killed 20 hostages inside Holey Artisan Bakery and O’ Kitchen at Gulshan-2 on Jul 1 night were said to have been his followers on the social media. Reports have also emerged that several Indian youths inspired by Naik’s speeches have made their way to fight alongside the Islamic State in Syria. – Agencies.