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Live: Zakir Naik breaks silence, addresses the media through Skype

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Mumbai: Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, facing multiple probes over alleged provocative speeches addresses the media through video calling service Skype on Friday.

The first one to interview naik was Times Now Megha Prasad mouth was shut for spreading hatred and maligning Islam and defaming Zakir Naik.

Live updates:

Naik’s presscon via skype says he condemns all terror attacks anywhere in world,will speak for hours if needed.

– I condemn the terrorist attack in Nice, France. Such attacks should not happen.

– I did not inspire the Dhaka attack terrorists.

Claiming that his statements were doctored and tampered out of context, the Islamic preacher said:

” Newspaper which blamed me for Dhaka attack later corrected itself and exonerated me. My statements were taken out of context.”

– Suicide bombing is not permitted in Islam, it is prohibited. It is the second major sin in Islam, it is ‘haraam’. I condemn it.

– Media for ulterior motives change meaning of my statements. My answers are altered and misguide people. Those who do that should be held responsible.

– Dr. Naik says he has replies to all allegations made on TV, are on pen drives for reporters.

” I challenge you (reporters) to show me any unedited recording of my lecture in which I have not condemned suicide bombings that kill innocent people.  Why are you relying on doctored clips? ask Naik to the reporters.

Chapter 5, Verse 32 of Quran says killing innocents is crime. No scripture other than Quran says killing one innocent is killing humanity.”

– In 2008 Peace TV applied for downlinking permission and the I&B Ministry denied it.

– The only reason I can think of why I&B Ministry has not given permission to Peace TV for downlinking in India is because it is a Muslim channel.

– So far, not a single official Indian government authority has approached me over the last few days. If anyone approaches me, I will answer their questions.

– I have never encouraged any single person to kill innocent people in my entire life.

– Knowingly I have never met any terrorist, but if some people stand next to me to take photographs, I smile. I don’t know who they are.

– I am a messenger of peace. I do not criticise any sect of Islam, I may disagree on interpretations.

(With inputs from agencies)

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