Britain’s knighthood to the author Salman Rushdie contributes to insulting Islam and may lead to terrorism, a Pakistani minister has said.
“If Muslims do not unite, the situation will get worse and Salman Rushdie may get a seat in the British parliament.”
Iran has also condemned Rushdie’s knighthood, with hardliners issuing calls for his murder today. Mehdi Kuchakzadeh, a Tehran MP, declared: “It would be a hollow dream for the Queen of England to think that with such an action she could revive one of her mercenaries to oppose Islam… Rushdie died the moment the late Imam (Ayatollah Khomeini) issued the fatwa.”
Backed by the Government, the Pakistan parliament today voted unanimously in favour of a resolution calling on Britain to withdraw the proferred knighthood because it is an insult to “the sentiments of Muslims across the world” and created religious hatred.