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IRF of Zakir Naik Banned for Another 5 Years for Inciting Hatred

The IRF was labelled an illegal organisation by the Centre in 2016 under the 1967 Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

IRF of Zakir Naik Banned for Another 5 Years for Inciting Hatred

Sentinel Digital Desk

NEW DELHI: The Union Home Ministry renewed the prohibition on the Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), which is led by India-born preacher Zakir Naik and is presently based in Malaysia, for another five years on Monday. The IRF was labelled an illegal organisation by the Centre in 2016 under the 1967 Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

The IRF has been participating in actions that are detrimental to the country's security and have the potential of affecting peace and communal harmony, as well as the country's secular fabric, according to the Ministry.

Naik's beliefs and remarks, according to the notification, are unpleasant and subversive, promoting animosity and hate among religious groups and urging adolescents of a particular faith to commit terrorist activities in India and abroad.

Naik also makes radical statements to millions of people throughout the world via worldwide satellite TV networks, the Internet, print, and social media, according to sources.

According to officials, the government thinks that unless the IRF's illegal operations are curbed and controlled promptly, it would take advantage of the opportunity to continue its subversive activities and reorganise its absconding volunteers.

The government thinks that unless the IRF's illegal operations are curtailed and controlled swiftly, it will use the chance to resume its subversive actions and reorganize its still-missing militants.

According to the ministry, Naik's activities will hinder the country's secular fabric by contaminating people's minds by attempting to create communal disharmony, propagating anti-national sentiments, escalating secessionism by supporting militancy, and some people may engage in activities that are detrimental to the country's sovereignty, integrity, and security.

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