New Delhi: The Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) on Sunday issued a press release defending its president Zakir Naik and entreating the Indian media to rectify its 'mistakes'.
Released by IRD administration manager Manzoor Shaikh, the PR alleges that Indian media's coverage on Zakir Naik had defamed the preacher who was initially named as the inspiration behind the Dhaka terror attack by The Daily Star.
Here's the press release:
PRESS RELEASE: 10 July 2016.
Almost all the Indian TV News Channels and Newspapers started defaming Dr Zakir Naik by stating "he has inspired one of the terrorists of Dhaka attacks based on the news article that appeared in The Daily Star" on 3 July 2016.
Whereas 'The Daily Star' on 9 July 2016 categorically clarified that "it did not report that any terrorist was inspired by Zakir Naik to kill innocent people." It also rectified that "The Daily Star stands corrected on its report that he was banned in Malaysia" (which he is not). And confirmed that three years ago "he received one of the most prestigious awards of Malaysia". It added that "he was in Malaysia hardly three months back and met several ministers".
Lastly 'The Daily Star' "regretted any misunderstanding between Dr Zakir Naik and the Newspaper". Dr Zakir Naik thanks 'The Daily Star' for their clarification and correction.
Similarly, Dr Zakir Naik requests the Indian Media, news channels & print media, too to rectify their mistakes with the same seriousness and exposure as used to malign him, with due ethics of truthful reporting.
In fair expectation of the needful correction by the Media
Sincerely, Manzoor Shaikh (Admn. Manager, IRF)
Zakir Naik has been under the NIA scanner ever since the Dhaka terror attack where one of the terrorists had alleged claimed that he had been inspired by Naik's preaching.