Islamabad: World renowned Islamic preacher Dr Zakir Naik who is currently wanted by Indian authorities for alleged terrorist offences has been granted citizenship by Saudi Arabia, The Middle East Monitor reported.
Sources said King Salman had intervened to grant Naik citizenship in order to protect him from arrest by the International Police Organisation (Interpol).
The 51-year-old Islamic preacher founded the Islamic Research Foundation (IRF). Indian press reported enforcement officials in the country were planning to revoke his passport, after which Naik would be forced to return to India. However, they did not anticipate Saudi Arabia would grant him citizenship.
According to Indian claims, Dr.Naik has been booked for allegedly propagating enmity between different groups on the grounds of religion. His channel Peace TV has been banned in India.