The award of a knighthood to the author Salman Rushdie justifies suicide attacks, a Pakistani government minister said today.
“This is an occasion for the 1.5 billion Muslims to look at the seriousness of this decision,” Mohammed Ijaz ul-Haq, religious affairs minister, told the Pakistani parliament in Islamabad. “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 apologises and withdraws the ‘sir’ title.”
Students burn effigies of UK’s queen
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!”
Iran’s OCIC condemns British title for Rushdie
Organization of Culture and Islamic Communication (OCIC) by issuing a statement here Monday condemned giving title of ‘Sir’ to blasphemer Salman Rushdie by the Britain government.
It said in the statement, ” Honoring a hated apostate and one of the most disgusted persons in the Islamic societies is a clear sign of Islamophobia among high-ranking British officials.” “In the current world, the necessity of understanding and peaceful co-existence between religions and different ethnic groups are being underlined, but Rushdie’s being knighted by the government of Britain has hurt Muslims’ emotions and is contradictory to the principle of respecting other nations’ beliefs,” the organization said in the statement.”
The OCIC called on international community, Islamic centers, ulema, statesmen and all Muslims to condemn the action by British government and underline the necessity of respecting religious beliefs of divine religions.
Boy you gotta love that one: “Britain has hurt Muslims’ emotions and is contradictory to the principle of respecting other nations’ beliefs,”
Fact is we understand your beliefs all too well…