The Queen of England, Elizabeth II, was targeted by irate muslims in Pakistan to express their anger over the knighthood of writer and intellect, Salman Rushdie.
The British monarch gave the author of “The Satanic Verses” the title of Sir Salman for his contributions and services to literature.
Rushdie is no stranger to death threats. 18 years ago he was sentenced to death by Iran’s revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini for blasphemy in a muslim fatwa that still exists.
Despite diplomatic efforts between England and Pakistan to quell the furor, effigies of the Queen burn in the streets of Pakistan. The Union Jack is burned too.
“Around 150 hardline protesters in the eastern city of Lahore torched an effigy of the British queen and called for Rushdie to be handed to a Muslim country and dealt with by a Sharia court,” witnesses said to Reuters.
“The punishment for a blasphemer is death,” Shahid Gilani, who heads the youth wing of Pakistan’s radical Jamaat-e-Islami party.
The country of Iran has a Committee of Glorification of the Martyrs of the Islamic Movement proclaiming a monetary reward to be given for killing Rushdie.
Iranian Jomhuri Eslami described Queen Elizabeth as an “old crone” whose action was a “grimace to the Islamic world”.
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