The government has extended the five-year ban on Zakir Naik's Islamic Research Foundation.
The ban on the Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), which is led by India-born preacher Zakir Naik and is currently located in Malaysia, was extended by the Centre on Monday for another five years. On November 17, 2016, the central government labelled the IRF an unlawful organisation under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 (37 of 1967).
The Union Home Ministry stated in a notification that the IRF has been engaging in actions that are detrimental to the country's security and have the potential to disrupt peace and communal harmony, as well as the country's secular fabric.According to the Ministry, Naik's activities will disrupt the country's secular fabric by polluting people's minds by creating communal disharmony, propagating anti-national sentiments, escalating secessionism by supporting militancy, and some people may engage in activities that are detrimental to the country's sovereignty, integrity, and security.
The central government is also of the opinion that, in light of the IRF's activities, it is necessary to proclaim it an unlawful association with immediate effect, according to the announcement.The Home Ministry stated it has decided to extend the IRF's prohibition under the UAPA for another five years after considering all of these factors.