Zakir Naik’s Peace TV banned by Bangladesh


New Delhi: Bangladesh government has decided to stop airing Peace TV in Bangladesh. Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu made the disclosure at a press confrence after a cabinet committee meeting on law and order on Sunday. After reports that Zakir Naik "provocative" speeches inspired some of the militants who carried out the country's worst terror attack at a cafe here.

The meeting, attended by senior ministers and top security officials, it was also decided to monitor the sermons given during the Friday prayers to check whether any provocative lectures are delivered, Amu told reporters.
Naik's speeches are believed to have inspired some of the Bangladeshi militants, who killed 22 people, mostly foreigners, at an upscale restaurant in Dhaka on July 1. The government also appealed to the Imams in the country to deliver lectures in line with real Islamic ideology of denouncing terorism and extremism, the minister said.

Besides senior ministers, the meeting was attended by chief of police and head of the elite Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), paramilitary border guards and top officials of different security agencies. Deployment of additional security forces at export processing zone was also ordered.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan had yesterday said that Bangladesh's intelligence agencies were investigating the Islamic preacher Naik. "He is on our security scanner… Our intelligence agencies are investigating his activities as his lectures appeared provocative," Khan had told a news agency. Khan said the investigators were also probing Naik's financial transactions in Bangladesh.