Rubbish! Pakistani Hardliner Demands Osama Be Knighted!
Oh… And he says Taliban Leader Mullah Omar should be knighted, too!
The Rushdie Rage ramps up…
Angry Muslims burn effigies of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and Indian born author Salman Rushdie during a protest in Multan. Outrage mounted in the Muslim world over Britain’s knighthood for Rushdie, with protests spreading to Malaysia and a top Pakistani cleric calling for the novelist to be killed.(AFP/Mohammed Malik)
An outraged Pakistani lawmaker is demanding that the title “Sir” be bestowed on the world’s most wanted terrorist, Usama bin Laden, claiming it’s only fair since Queen Elizabeth II has already done the same for the Muslim world’s most hated author, Salman Rushdie.
“Muslims should confer the ‘Sir’ title and all other awards on bin Laden and [Taliban leader] Mullah Omar in reply to Britain’s shameful decision to knight Rushdie,” Sami ul Haq, (pictured) leader of the pro-Taliban Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, said in a statement.
Such a move would not only go against the political grain of Britain, who joined in the international effort to drive the Taliban from power and al-Qaeda from their Afghan safe haven in 2001, but it would also break knighthood rules, under which foreigners may not be addressed as sir.
“Europe and Western nations are intentionally pushing Muslims towards extremism by awarding a nefarious person,” Haq said.
The hard-line leader, who is also a parliament member, called upon the Pakistani government to withdraw its support for the US-led war on terrorism.
The honour for Rushdie triggered diplomatic tensions between Islamabad and London Tuesday as the Pakistani Foreign Office summoned Britain’s high commissioner to Islamabad, Robert Brinkley, to protest the award.
Britain in return expressed deep concern over comments by a Pakistani minister that the honour could provoke radical Muslims to carry out suicide attacks.
Snapped Shot points out a particular media favorite from the protests.