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Anti-Rushdie demonstrations in Pakistan

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By K.N. Pandita

In Pakistan some religious activists have staged demonstrations to express their resentment against the British government conferring knighthood on Salman Rushdie.

Rushdie’s Satanic Verses was published simultaneously with the occurrence of Islamic revolution of Iran. Late Ayatollah Khumeini had projected himself as the champion of Islamic World and claimed that now was the historic time of Islam’s ascendancy. Having smashed Iran’s monarchy, he now tried to find justification for his act in declaring that monarchy was not the tradition of Islam and as such questioned the status of the Saudi monarchy. The unfortunate episode of Saudi security forces firing in Ka’aba during the pilgrimage in 1979-80 on Iranian pilgrims and killing nearly five hundred of them has been described a sequel to the anti-monarchy campaign of Khumeini.

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