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Muslim Scholars Give Osama Bin Laden “Title”

From France’s AFP:

Pakistan scholars honour Bin Laden in Rushdie row

by Rana Jawad

ISLAMABAD (AFP) – Pakistani Islamic scholars honoured Osama bin Laden Thursday in response to Britain’s knighthood for Salman Rushdie, as a senior ruling party member said he would not hesitate to kill the novelist.

Meanwhile the country’s religious affairs minister, who caused outrage by remarking that the award given to the “Satanic Verses” author justified suicide attacks, announced that he may visit Britain next month.

The Pakistani Ulema Council, a private body that claims to be the biggest of its kind in the country with 2,000 scholars, said it had given Bin Laden the title “Saifullah”, or Sword of Allah, its top accolade.

“We are pleased to award the title of Saifullah to Osama bin Laden after the British government’s decision to bestow the title of ‘Sir’ on blasphemer Rushdie,” council chairman Maulana Tahir Ashrafi told AFP.

“This is the highest title for a Muslim warrior.”

Later Afzal Sahi — the speaker of the Punjab province assembly and a member of the Pakistan Muslim League party that backs President Pervez Musharraf — said during a debate that he would murder Rushdie if he saw him.

“I am a Muslim and then a politician and it is ordained in Islam that the punishment for a blasphemer is death. If this man comes in front of me I will definitely kill him,” he said in response to a question by an opposition MP.

During a protest by thousands of people in Lahore against Musharraf’s suspension of the Pakistani chief justice, a large part of the crowd briefly chanted “Death to Britain, Death to Rushdie“, witnesses said…

A comment piece in Britain’s Daily Telegraph said that if Pakistan was so angry about the issue, it should return the 480 million pounds (955 million dollars) in aid promised by Prime Minister Tony Blair last year.

“If this is tainted money, it can presumably be returned,” it said…

 

 


Somehow it seems to me we’ve heard this song before.

(And why are they burning the US flag again?)

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