Salman Rushdie was knighted in the U.K. The Parliament of Pakistan is not happy about this at all.
MPs said the honour was an insult to the religious sentiments of Muslims. In the eastern city of Multan, hardline Muslim students burned effigies of the Queen and Rushdie, chanting “Kill Him! Kill Him!”
But they’re not the only ones pissed off.
Yesterday, Iranian politicians accused Britain of insulting Islam by awarding a knighthood to Rushdie, who was forced into hiding for a decade after the country’s late spiritual leader, Ayatollah Khomeini, issued a fatwa calling for his assassination.
Mohammad Ali Hosseini, a spokesman for Iran’s foreign ministry, said the decision to honour the novelist was an orchestrated act of aggression directed against Islamic societies.
Who says novelists aren’t considered dangerous?