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No official FIFA World Cup invite to Zakir Naik, Qatar tells India

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No official invitation was extended to Islamic preacher Zakir Naik to attend the opening of the FIFA World Cup in Doha, Qatar conveyed to India through diplomatic channels, sources told media.

According to sources, Qatar has called the earlier reports deliberate “disinformation” being spread by third countries to adversely impact India-Qatar bilateral relations.

The statement came after New Delhi told Doha that it would be forced to call off Vice-President Jagdeep Dhankar’s visit to the FIFA World Cup inauguration if Islamist Zakir Naik is formally invited to watch the grand inauguration of the event from the VVIP box.