Why Pakistanis are talking about Salman Rushdie again


Malik Siraj Akbar in The Huffington Post

malalaSalman Rushdie and his controversial 1988 novel The Satanic Verses have ignited a series of fresh zealous discussions in Pakistan, a country known for its love for conspiracy theories and controversies. We vividly remember books, such as The Satanic Verses and movies like The Innocence of Muslims that sparked violent protests in Pakistan, as well as in many other Islamic countries, where the Muslims insisted that the book and the movie had separately insulted Prophet Muhammad.

Pakistan’s stringent blasphemy laws recommend the death sentence for anyone who insults Muhammad.

While Rushdie may not even know what he has actually done this time to outrage that Muslim-majority country’s conservative commentators, Malala Yousafzai, the teenage campaigner for girls’ education, has indeed landed in hot water for even mentioning The Satanic Verses only once in her recently released autobiography I Am Malala.

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