Imran Khan clarifies his remarks about attack on Salman Rushdie
Islamabad: PTI chairman Imran Khan has said that his conversation with The Guardian about an attack on Salman Rushdie has been quoted out of context.
He said that during his interview with the publication, he had explained the Islamic procedure of punishment for the people convicted of blasphemy.
Former prime minister Khan reportedly condemned the attack on Indian-born author Salman Rushdie in an interview with The Guardian.
Speaking to the newspaper, Khan described the attack as “terrible” and “sad”.
He said while the anger of the Islamic world at Rushdie’s controversial book was understandable, it could not justify the assault.
Imran Khan boycotted an event in India 10 years ago because Rushdie would also be attending.
The Guardian reported that the PTI chairman does not appear to have expressed support for violent action against the Indian-born author.
“His denunciation of the attack is striking, however, in a region where most politicians have ducked comment,” the Guardian said.
When asked for comments on the attack in New York state that left Rushdie badly wounded, Khan said: “I think it’s terrible, sad.
“Rushdie understood, because he came from a Muslim family. He knows the love, respect, reverence of a prophet that lives in our hearts.
He knew that,” Khan said. “So the anger I understood, but you can’t justify what happened.”