Salman Rushdie News

September 18, 2012 by  

Salman Rushdie News, British author Sir Salman Rushdie has said that he fears that Pakistan is “on the road to tyranny”. “Loathing is a bit too affectionate” to describe how he feels about the country.

Sir Salman made the comments in a wide ranging interview with the BBC World Service to promote his new book, Joseph Anton: A Memoir.

The writer of the novels Midnight’s Children and The Satanic Verses said that “the most frightening change” that he saw in Pakistan was that the mass of the people seemed to have given up the “very moderate” religious beliefs that they used to hold.

In a sombre tone Sir Salman said the murder of Salman Taseer, the governor of Pakistani Punjab who was killed last year after opposing Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, marked a shift in the country.

Mr Taseer “was murdered for speaking up for an obviously innocent woman, and the country sided with his killer”, he said.

“And this act of defending an innocent woman was thought to be sufficiently un-Islamic that not only should he be killed, but that people should celebrate that he was killed And that is a sad thing.”

Sir Salman, who is of Kashmiri descent, criticised both India and Pakistan over Kashmir, and called for Kashmir for the Kashmiris.

“The thing that Kashmiris say, and have said absolutely consistently and nobody has ever listened to them, is would you please both go away.”

Nobody has the right not to be offended”

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“In an ideal world you could reunite the Pakistan-occupied part of Kashmir with the Indian-occupied part and restore the old borders. You could have both India and Pakistan agreeing to guarantee those borders, demilitarise the area, and to invest in it economically. In a sane world that would happen but we don’t live in a sane world,” says Sir Salman.

In the real world Sir Salman sees numerous obstacles to peace in Kashmir.

“It is clear that India has not behaved at all well in Kashmir; that the Indian military forces seem like, feel like and behave like an occupying army; that there are too many accusations of violence, rape, and murder for it all to be made up; and the Pakistani side has constantly exacerbated the situation by the use of jihadist groups, and by the funding of groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Muhammad and so on,” he says.

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