The pen is mightier: Sir Salman Rushdie (pictured with his novel “Shalimar the Fool” at a literary meeting in Germany last year) is once again at the epicenter of controversy.
Author Salman Rushdie is once again the subject of controversy—a position the “Satanic Verses” scribe is familiar with, to say the least. The decision by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II to knight Rushdie last weekend drew criticism from Muslims who disagreed with the message of his most notorious novel, including members of Pakistan’s parliament.
Pakistan’s parliament has condemned the knighthood. Iran says it shows ‘Islamophobia’ among British officials.
Mr ul-Haq was speaking during a session of Pakistan’s National Assembly in which it unanimously condemned Britain’s award of a knighthood to the author Salman Rushdie and demanded it be withdrawn.