Rushdie’s Knighthood whips Pakistan into Fanatical Frenzy: Riots in Full Swing

Pakistan Minister: Suicide Attacks Justified by Rushdie Knighthood

Following Britain’s decision to grant knighthood to Salman Rushdie, the whole of Islamistan is gearing up for another violent seethefest, as Pakistan’s “religious affairs minister” says suicide attacks are justified.

This will last a few weeks, no doubt. Like the Koran and the cartoon riots this one will bring about some serious embassy burnings, fire bombings and other kinds of peaceful killings for the religion of peace.

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Pakistan on Monday condemned Britain’s award of a knighthood to author Salman Rushdie as an affront to Muslim sentiments, and a Cabinet minister said the honor provided a justification for suicide attacks.

This is an occasion for the (world’s) 1.5 billion Muslims to look at the seriousness of this decision,” Mohammed Ijaz ul-Haq, religious affairs minister, said in parliament.

“The West is accusing Muslims of extremism and terrorism. If someone exploded a bomb on his body, he would be right to do so unless the British government apologizes and withdraws the ‘sir’ title,” ul-Haq said. …

In the eastern city of Multan, hard-line Muslim students burned effigies of Queen Elizabeth II and Rushdie. About 100 students carrying banners condemning the author also chanted, “Kill him! Kill him!”

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Activists of Jamiat Talaba-e-Arabia chant slogans against Salman Rushdie as they burn his effigy in Multan June 17, 2007. Pakistan deplored on Monday Britain’s decision to award a knighthood to author Salman Rushdie, whose novel “The Satanic Verses” outraged many Muslims around the world. REUTERS/Asim Tanveer


Pakistan’s religious students burn effigies of Queen Elizabeth II and author Salman Rushdie condemning the knighthood award to Rushdie in Multan, Pakistan, Sunday, June 17, 2007. Pakistani lawmakers passed a government-backed resolution Monday, June 18, demanding Britain withdraw the knighthood awarded to author Salman Rushdie, condemning the honor as an insult to the religious sentiments of Muslims. (AP Photo/Khalid Tanveer)

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