Peace TV network crosses 200 million viewership

Updated 21 July 2013

Peace TV network crosses 200 million viewership

Peace TV, a major Islamic satellite television network, has crossed the 200-million viewership mark, with a record global viewership exceeding more than 100 million for Peace TV English, 80 million for Peace TV Urdu and more than 20 million for the newly launched Peace TV Bangla.
Zakir Naik, Peace TV founder president and a scholar who has delivered public lectures across the world, including Saudi Arabia, on Islam and comparative religion, told a public meeting organized by India Islamic Cultural Center (IICC) in Riyadh recently that the network’s viewership is growing considerably.
Beginning in January 2006, Peace TV (English) has been telecast to more than 150 countries around the world, including in Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia and North America recording more than 100 million viewership.
He added that Peace TV Urdu, which was launched in 2009, has 80 million viewership.
Peace TV Bangla, which was launched on April 22, 2011, has crossed 20 million mark, he said, adding that the Bangla channel has reached its popularity in a short span of time.
Naik said that the launch of Peace TV Arabic is on the cards. The Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), which owns Peace TV, has finalized plans to launch a 24-hour Arabic-language Islamic channel.
There are several Arabic channels today, but Peace TV Arabic will be different and unique in content and technology, he added.
A nonprofit network, Peace TV broadcasts programs around the clock and also provides free-to-air telecasts.

Saudi Shoura Council chief stresses KSA’s continued support for Iraq’s fight against terror groups

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Saudi Shoura Council chief stresses KSA’s continued support for Iraq’s fight against terror groups

BAGHDAD: The speaker of the Shoura Council, Dr. Abdullah Al-Asheikh, on Saturday praised the efforts of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in strengthening Saudi-Iraqi relations.

Al-Asheikh was speaking at the Baghdad Summit of Parliaments of Neighboring Countries of Iraq.

The summit, hosted by Iraqi Parliament Speaker Mohamed Al-Halbousi, gathered top lawmakers from Syria, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkey, Jordan and Kuwait to discuss regional security, diplomacy and economic issues. Al-Asheikh said Saudi-Iraqi relations have recently developed after the visit of Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi to Riyadh with a high-level delegation.

Al-Asheikh stressed the desire of both countries’ leaderships to promote bilateral relations and common interests.

“We are meeting today at this summit to celebrate the victory of brotherly Iraq over terrorism and the elimination of the Daesh terrorist organization,” he said. 

“My country has contributed to the efforts of the international coalition forces to eliminate it and enact more legislation and laws that criminalize it.”

Al-Halbousi said his country’s relations with neighboring states are strong, and Iraq intends to develop them. 

“Today, Iraq is building a promising strategic partnership with all neighboring countries without any reservations or favoring any party,” he added.

Visiting officials pledged support for reconstruction and development efforts in Iraq, and for the country’s continued stability following its victory over Daesh after three years of war, Al-Halbousi said.

Iraq continues to fight terror with regional and international assistance, he added, thanking all countries that have supported this fight. 

The summit dealt with a number of topics, notably strengthening parliamentary cooperation between Iraq and neighboring countries, and supporting regional efforts against terrorism.

Baghdad and Riyadh have been at loggerheads since Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in 1990, but they have recently undertaken a diplomatic push to improve ties.