Naik’s Peace TV goes off air in Bangladesh

Naik’s Peace TV goes off air in Bangladesh 

Dhaka, July 11 (IANS) Mumbai-based controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik’s Peace TV went off the air in Bangladesh on Monday after the government issued an order that cancelled its broadcast rights.

The information ministry issued the order on Monday, a day after the Cabinet Committee on Law and Order decided to end its broadcast, bdnews24 reported.

The order read, “Based on the Cabinet Committee’s decision, free-to-air TV channel Peace TV’s downlink permission has been cancelled for violating downlink conditions.”

The ministry also asked the authorities to stop the broadcast of the channel across the country.

Copies of the order were sent to the home ministry, Press Information Department, Bangladesh Television and the Cable Operators Association of Bangladesh (COAB).

The decision followed allegations that the 50-year-old Indian preacher’s speeches, sermons and interpretation of Islamic issues were “inspiring acts of terrorism” and radicalising youths.

After the cabinet committee’s decision on Sunday, Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu said the administrative steps would be taken on Monday morning to take the channel off air.

“Peace TV is not consistent with Muslim society, the Quran, Sunnah, Hadith, Bangladesh’s Constitution, our culture, customs and rituals,” he said.

Naik is the founder and president of Mumbai-based charity organisation Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), which owns and runs Peace TV. The contents in English, Urdu and Bangla are broadcast from Dubai.

Naik has been banned from entering Britain and Canada and Peace TV is banned in Muslim-majority Malaysia.

The ban comes in the wake of bloody terror attacks in Bangladesh this month.

On July 1, terrorists killed 22 people, including 17 foreigners and two policemen, shortly after taking a number of hostages at the Holey Artisan Bakery cafe and O’ Kitchen Restaurant in Dhaka’s diplomatic zone.

At least two of the six attackers were said to have been his followers on the social media.

Barely a week later on July 7, the terror attack at the Sholakia Eidgah took place, claiming the lives of four people, including two policemen, as thousands gathered for the country’s largest Eid congregation.


  1. Bangladesh has done the right thing to ban Dr. Zakir Naik’s speeches.

    I believe, to save his skin, he will apply for an asylum in England or Saudi Arabia and wonder what steps the government will take to bring him back to India?

  2. From the media reports, I surmise Dr. Zakir Naik, that rabid Islamic preacher who spews hate speeches, has either postponed his trip to India or will not step on Indian soil, unless he is not able to get asylum anywhere or deported or extradited. He will save his skin and live anywhere and live of the money he got from various benefactors and patrons, who were gullible or stupid or had a fanatical/pseudo-religious bent-of-mind to fall for this rabble rouser.

    Just think that U.K., a place that has become a haven for criminals, economic offenders, etc., allows Dr. Zakir Naik to live there. Then, he will get the opportunity to meet and rub shoulders with the likes of Nadeem Saif, Lalit Modi and the ladies’ and showman, Vijay Mallya, living at his country estate “Lady Walk”. Whatever Vijay Mallya does has either a feminine touch or flamboyance. It will be a meeting of strange bed-fellows.

    Why will be come to India, when he knows that two acts of terrorism are attributed to his fanatical speeches that have influenced young minds and he is aware what type of reception he will get the moment he lands at an Indian airport?

    There are certain sections of Muslims who have realized the importance of giving quality education and imparting sound guidance to their offsprings and not allowing them to get emotional or radicalized by some ill-founded religious jumbo-mumbo preached by Dr. Zakir Naik and the mullahs who, at the end of the day, are out either to make a fast buck or pots of money.

  3. This man, Dr. Zakir Naik being interviewed by Pakistan’s Dr. Shahid Masood, is a big fraud and my gut feeling is that he will not dare come into India till Narendra Modi is at the helm of affairs, because he knows that if he commits this mistake, he will be arrested and put behind the bars and face legal complicationsn.

    The Indian police will grill this sophisticated scoundrel and make him sing like a canary and spill the beans and expose himself and reveal manynthings that will portray himself in very bad light. Further, the right place for him is Pakistan, where he could spread confusion and mayhem.

    He has made a lot of money and would prefer asylum in Saudi Arabia or the U.K. and if the latter grants him asylum, he could tango with Lalit Modi and/or Vijay Mallya (and lecture them about superiority of Islam over all religions) and lead a happy life with the money he has accumulated over a decade by preaching crap to the gullible and naive people, rather than spending time in Indian or Bangladeshi jails.

    People, both rich and poor, are stupid to fall prey to preachers, babas, mullas and others and easily part with their monies for concepts that are impractical and foolish.

  4. Dear Nelson,
    I am quite honestly disappointed with Modi govt for failing to deal with individuals like Zakir or JNU characters. Agreed – BJP and Modiji will be called every name on the planet if they act tough on pro-pakistaani elements operating within India. We all have seen how Congress party, Leftist parties and many self-declared ‘secular’ individuals attacked Modi Govt in JNU incident where we had students shouting pro-pakistani slogans and calling for india’s destruction!! Still, I blame Modi’s govt for backing out in the face of opposition. People elected BJP for a reason. They need to get really tough with some of these anti-national characters. If BJP doesn’t act, who else will? Congress will NEVER utter a word for the fear of losing ‘vote bank’!!!!

  5. It’s more than six days since many parents in Kerala approached police and ruling govt to seek help finding ‘missing family members’ who have gone to join ISIS. More than 50 individuals are ‘missing’ from Kasaragodu district alone!!!! Look how pathetic our media and political leadership are!!! Not even a word from these champions of secular ideology!! You would think there is at least one honest journalist who would dig deeper and shine light on this real danger in our own neighborhood? God knows what Kerala Police are doing!! Is Kerala sleepwalking into a serious problem??

  6. While Indian media continues to ignore the real story of 50 plus people from Kasaragodu joining ISIS, here is something from history for those curious minds on the forum.

    Indian Muslims fighting for ISIS has a history, says Sultan Shahin. 100 years ago 18,000 left India to fight for the Ottomans. From the Indian Subcontinent alone, less than a hundred years ago, at least 18,000 Muslims left their homes, even government jobs, and marched off to fight for the last Ottoman Caliphate. This was madness, pure and simple. Most ruined their lives and some died. But they are considered ghazis [fighters] and martyrs [shaheeds]. Important clerics including Maulana Abul Kalam Azad [who later became the first education minister of India] issued fatwas calling for Jihad or Hijrat (emigration) from British India, which was considered Darul Harb (Land of conflict, ruled by infidels), as a religious duty.

    Read more using link below.

  7. Bangla paper apologises to Zakir Naik, says never blamed him for attack

    “The Daily Star categorically denies this allegation and wants to say it did not report that any terrorist was inspired by Zakir Naik to kill innocent people. The report said that one of the terrorists had propagated on Facebook last year quoting Peace TV’s preacher Zakir Naik urging all Muslims to be “terrorists”. In his video speech, Dr Naik himself said he has millions of followers in Bangladesh. Our report was an attempt to show how young minds were interpreting Dr Naik’s views in ways that were perhaps not intended for,” the report said.

    The paper also clarified that ‘it stood corrected on the report that Zakir Naik was banned in Malaysia.’

    “The Daily Star’s reporting was a mere presentation of facts and we regret any misunderstanding between Dr Zakir Naik and this newspaper,” the report ended.

    Arnab Goswami ‘Times Doctored’ is once again exposed. Is Times Now going to tender apology or face defamation case?

    Subramaniah Swami is right describing Goswami a lire. Is Times Now going to stoop such low in journalism for TRP?

    Jai Hind

  8. Jihadi Shaikh is back from his vacation in Syria!!! He was missing for a long time on this forum.

    Shaikh –
    Do you believe that Osama Bin Laden was a terrorist or not? Please let us know.

  9. The best advice I can give to Zakir and his fans is to preach inside their mosques around the world ONLY, so his fellow Muslims and those who wish to listen to him could go there, thereby ensuring that the neighbourhood is left peaceful. DO NOT talk about other religions, and taunt and belittle them for their belief systems, and in the same breath say that Islam is the only religion, and other are incorrect. Imagine non Muslim going to Muslim lands and tell them that their religion is wrong, and shudder to think what would happen next.

    Hindus, Christians and all religions have very competent people and they do not need this clown to tell them, that only his belief system is correct, and ALL non Muslims they will go to hell. There were 2 great apostles of peace from India well known internationally Mahatma Gandhi and Mother Theresa who are well respected around the world. They both have a great following in their communities, but as per Zakir’s you tube videos they both will go to Hell because they were non Muslims, only Muslims will go to heaven. Whereas, a person who may have lived a very sinful life, says a 2 line “Kalma”, and all his sins are forgiven and he will go straight to “Jannah (heaven)”. Whaaaat?

    With the amount of terror attacks around the world being the order of the day, and so many thousands of Muslims “misunderstanding” the peaceful message and resorting to violence. He should be heading to violence torn areas (which are almost all Muslim countries) and ask the tens of thousands of armed Muslim groups to lay down their arms, and convert them to Islam, rather than he becomes the self appointed God’s Rottweiler.

    To the best of my knowledge there is no such place/institution in the whole world that would tell the “radicals” how wrong they are, stop the gun running, drug trafficking, release all sex slaves, abolish Jaziya, Sharia, give equal rights to minorities and all sects of Islam and in an instant – PROBLEMS GONE, VANISHED and we will all live happily ever after.

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