I never promoted terror, claims Zakir Naik

Controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, who is wanted in terror-related cases in India, claimed that he has never promoted terror and his aim has always been to promote communal peace and harmony.

In a statement, Naik, who has taken shelter in Malaysia to evade arrest in India, claimed that the media had "resorted to doctored video clips, out-of-context quotations and a host of dishonest schemes to accuse me of terrorism, hate speech and even money-laundering."

He also lauded Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad for allowing him to stay in that country.

Mahathir Mohamad, whom Naik met recently in Malaysia, has rejected India's request for extradition of the Mumbai- born preacher, arguing that he had caused no harm to the host country.

"I have never promoted terror, in the name of Islaam or otherwise," said Naik, who is wanted in cases related to terrorism, hate speech and money laundering in India.

(Agencies)