Dr Zakir Naik cancels his press conference for the third time

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Mumbai-based Islamic preacher, Dr Zakir Naik, has cancelled his press conference on Thursday for the third time.

“It is very difficult to do a press conference. We will announce another conference soon. Naik himself is willing to come and share information with people,” official spokesperson of Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) told IANS on Thursday.

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The decision to cancel the media interaction came late Wednesday night.

Naik, who is travelling abroad was expected to communicate with the media in Mumbai via video-conference.

IRF had earlier complained of not getting a venue for Naik’s press conference but reportedly managed to get one at the Mehfil Hall, in Agripada, south Mumbai for Thursday.

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At least four venues, including three five-star hotels and the World Trade Centre (WTC), had declined permission for conducting his press conference via Skype.

The televangelist, who addresses audiences around the world, is currently on a lecture tour in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Africa.

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“We can expect him back in India very soon. Though for now we don’t have any date of him (Naik) returning,” the spokesperson added.

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