Won't give in easily to India's demand to deport Zakir Naik: Malaysian PM
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Won't give in easily to India's demand to deport Zakir Naik: Malaysian PM

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Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Tuesday said his government would not give in easily to India's demand to deport the controversial Muslim preacher Zakir Naik for alleged terror activities and money laundering, according to a media report.

Three days after meeting Naik, wanted in India for alleged terror activities and money laundering, the Malaysian prime minister said his government would always ensure it looked into all factors before responding to any demand, the New Straits Times reported.

"We do not easily follow the demands of others. We must look at all factors before we respond," Mahathir said in his first public remarks on Naik since he met the radical cleric on Saturday.

"Otherwise, someone will become a victim," the Malaysian prime minister said.

Responding to questions on Naik, who has permanent resident status in Malaysia, and India's request to have him extradited, Mahathir said his government would always ensure it looked into all factors before responding to any demand.

Mahathir last week said the cleric would not be handed over to Indian authorities as he had been granted Malaysian permanent resident status.

India has made a formal extradition request to Malaysia for Naik's deportation after accusing him of inciting youngsters to commit terror activities through his hate speeches.

The prime minister said Zakir, who left India in 2016, would be a...

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