Days after serial blasts, cable operators in Sri Lanka blocked Islamic preacher Zakir Naik’s Peace TV, according to sources. India and Bangladesh have already banned Peace TV, which has often been used by ISIS recruiters for indoctrination and brainwashing youth. As per reports, two of the largest cable operators of the country, "Dialogue" and "LT" had stopped airing Zakir Naik's Peace TV. However, an official announcement regarding the development is yet to be made.
The move came after the deadly Easter Sunday bombings which killed at least 250 people. However, the Sri Lankan government hasn't banned the controversial Peace TV. Bangladesh suspended the channel that featured Zakir Naik's preachings after media reported that militants who attacked a Dhaka cafe in 2016 were his admirers.
The controversial Islamic preacher Naik is being probed by Indian agencies since 2016 after the Centre banned his Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) organization for five years. Naik, who is being investigated for suspected links with terror organizations, is currently living in Malaysia to avoid arrest in India. Meanwhile, the Islamic State (ISIS) group has claimed responsibility for the Sri Lanka bomb blasts, with its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi claiming in a recently released video that ISIS operatives had carried out the blasts in the island country to “avenge” ISIS’ losses in Syria.