SKSM asks to remove ban on Dr Zakir Naik, event gets postponed by two months.

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Mangaluru, December 30: South Karnataka Salafi Movement (SKSM) on Wednesday December 30th said that the event which it had organised in which Islamic Scholar Dr Zakir Naik was expected to deliver a speech has been postponed by two months and demanded to withdraw the ban order imposed on Islamic scholar Dr Zakir Naik.

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The City Police Commissioner S Murugan had issued a week-long ban on the entry of Islamic scholar Dr Zakir Naik into the city who was scheduled to participate in a programme to be held on January 2nd.

SKSM vice-president Ismail Shafi addressed a press meet and said, Dr Zakir Naik is a multi-religious scholar. He was invited to deliver a talk in a peace meet that was scheduled to be held on January 2nd. But the Mangaluru police commissioner has issued a ban order on his entry. This is against the Constitutional right of freedom of religion of the Muslim community, he said.

He denied the allegations made against Dr Zakir Naik and said, Dr Zakir Naik has knowledge of holy books of all religions. He has never given provocative speeches or condemned any religion, instead he gives clear analyses of what the religious books say. He conveys their true messages and creates harmony between people of various religion, said Shafi.

He said, no case has been booked against Dr Zakir Naik, only false complaints have been given.

Shafi further said, the police commissioner should withdraw the ban and permit Dr Zakir Naik to participate in the convention.

In the press meet, Basheer Ahmed Shalimar-SKSM secretary, and T M Haneef Chokkabettu were present among others.

( He said, SKSM led a delegation to Bengaluru on December 28th and met home minister Dr G Parameshwar and discussed about the issue in the presence of district in-charge minister Ramanath Rai. The home minister has asked us to postpone the event by two months. Hence, the event has been postponed. Dr Zakir Naik will attend the programme which will be held after two months, he said. )


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