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Salman Rushdie assault was unjustifiable, says former Pak PM Imran Khan

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Mr. Khan and Mr. Rushdie share an acrimonious relationship

Mr. Khan and Mr. Rushdie share an acrimonious relationship

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has termed the tried homicide of Salman Rushdie as “horrible and unhappy,” indicating that whereas the anger within the Islamic world on the Mumbai-born writer’s controversial novel “The Satanic Verses” was comprehensible, the act was unjustifiable, a media report stated on Friday.

Mr. Rushdie, 75, was stabbed by a 24-year-old New Jersey resident recognized as Hadi Matar, a U.S. nationwide of Lebanese origin, on stage final week whereas he was being launched at a literary occasion of the Chautauqua Establishment in Western New York.

He suffered three stab wounds to his neck, 4 stab wounds to his abdomen, puncture wounds to his proper eye and chest, and a laceration on his proper thigh, Chautauqua County District Lawyer Jason Schmidt stated throughout the suspect’s arraignment.

“I believe it’s horrible, unhappy,” Mr. Khan stated in an interview with the Guardian newspaper when requested for his response on Rushdie’s assault.

“Mr. Rushdie understood as a result of he got here from a Muslim household. He is aware of the love, respect, and reverence of a prophet that lives in our hearts. He knew that,” Mr. Khan instructed the British newspaper.

“So, the anger I understood, however you may’t justify what occurred,” he defined.

Mr. Khan and Mr. Rushdie share an acrimonious relationship.

In 2012, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman had refused to attend a media conclave in New Delhi after he learnt about Mr. Rushdie’s participation.

Mr. Khan cancelled his participation as a keynote speaker on the conclave stating that he couldn’t consider collaborating in an occasion that included Rushdie, who has prompted “immeasurable damage to Muslims throughout the globe”.

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Mr. Rushdie’s fourth guide The Satanic Verses, launched in 1988, pressured him into hiding for 9 years.

The late Iranian chief Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini accused Rushdie of blasphemy over the guide and in 1989 issued a fatwa towards him, calling for his demise.

Mr. Rushdie’s writing has led to demise threats from Iran, which has supplied a $3 million reward for anybody who kills him.

By- The Hindu

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