A Pakistani cabinet minister said today that the decision to knight Sir Salman Rushdie was a justification for suicide bombing, after the parliament in Islamabad condemned the honour as "blasphemous and insulting" to the world’s Muslims.
As MPs issued a demand for the award to be immediately withdrawn, the religious affairs minister, Mohammad Ejaz-ul-Haq, said: "The West always wonders about the root cause of terrorism. Such actions [giving Rushdie a knighhood] are the root cause of it.
"If someone commits suicide bombing to protect the honour of the Prophet Mohammad, his act is justified."
Jun 18, 2007
Terrorists get another justification for suicide bombing
Salman Rushdie's recent knighting.