New Delhi:Sparking yet another controversy with India on the Jammu & Kashmir issue, controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik has condemned the Modi government’s decision on scrapping the Article 370 of the Constitution claiming the abrogation has led to “another Palestine in the making”.
“The Kashmir crisis is another Palestine in the making. There are all the tell-tale signs of the Kashmir crisis being an act of hatred by the right-wing extremist BJP government,” Naik said in a statement, apparently appealing to the Muslim community.
“Stripping it of its autonomy and clamping down on the freedom of the Kashmiris by pushing in a million armed personnel was an act of war by the BJP government against the biggest Muslim community in the country. This, however, is only the start and we need to put a stop to it before it gets any worse,” he claimed.
Stressing the growing friendship between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu, the fugitive preacher said, “I won’t be surprised if Israel is giving tutorials to India on Kashmir.”
Pointing out to the detention of the Opposition leaders in J&K, Naik alleged that many politicians and activists have been detained “randomly” and “unlawfully” in the former state of J&K, where they are being ‘tortured’ for hours. He also claimed of having reports of detainees being beaten with sticks and rods and electrocuted for hours at a stretch.
Last month, Naik hit the headlines when the Malaysian Government banned his public speeches on charges of inciting the Malays against the Hindus and Chinese people.
Recently, Modi raised the issue of his extradition in his talks with Malaysian PM Mahathir bin-Mohammad. The Mumbai-born Naik, a doctor by profession, was given “permanent residency” in Malaysia in 2016.
Naik is wanted in India for his alleged links with terror activities and money laundering. India has been pressing for negotiations with the international police organisation Interpol to get a Red Corner Notice issued against the controversial preacher.