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Zakir Naik's father Abdul Karim Naik passed away at his home on early Sunday morning after suffering a cardiac arrest

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Mumbai, October 30, 2016: Zakir Naik’s father Abdul Karim Naik passed away at his home on early Sunday morning after suffering a cardiac arrest.

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“He suffered a cardiac arrest at 3.30 AM at his home in Mazgaon and could not recover from that. Abdul had been keeping unwell from some time. He was laid to rest at a graveyard in the same area,” Zakir Naik’s associate said.

According to PTI, “Abdul Naik, a doctor, served as the president of the Bombay Psychiatric Society, a private organisation of mental health professionals, in 1994-95. He had also been active in the field of education.”

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Zakir Naik, a well-known Islamic preacher extended his stay abroad after allegations that his preachings are allegedly inspiring youth to join terrorist organisations, and some of them were involved in Dhaka Terror attack, in July.

“He is likely to visit the city soon to pay respects to his father,” the associate said.

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“He is likely to visit the city soon to pay respects to his father,” the associate said.
When asked about skipping the funeral, Zakir Naik’s aide said, “He wasn’t able to attend. It was too short a time. He will soon be here to pay respects to his father.”

Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) of Zakir Naik is also under the radar of security agencies. Under the anti-terror law, it will be soon banned.

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PTI reports say, “According to an official source in the Union Home Ministry, IRF will be declared an ‘unlawful association’ under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act after investigations by the Home Ministry found it to be allegedly having dubious links with Peace TV, an international Islamic channel accused of propagating terrorism.”

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After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phone-books by default, Google issued a statement, saying its “internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since”.

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However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country.

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Google was yet to comment on the new development.

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“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

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On Friday, both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as well as the telecom operators washed their hand of the issue.

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Also Read: Why India Is Still Nowhere Near Securing Its Citizens’ Data?