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Salman Rushdie And A Gong For Saifullah Osama Bin Laden

by | 21st, June 2007

THEY all like a title don’t they. Well, if it makes them feel better about themselves:

ISLAMABAD (AFP) – Muslim anger flared Thursday after Britain defended Salman Rushdie’s knighthood, with fresh protests against the novelist and Pakistani clerics bestowing a title on Osama bin Laden in response.

Hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets in Indian Kashmir and Pakistan, while Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation, criticised the timing of the honour. …

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 Al-Qaeda chief Bin Laden its “highest title for a Muslim warrior.”

“We are pleased to award the title of Saifullah (sword of Allah) 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.

Not heard from Bin Laden for some time. Don’t suppose he’s dead? And wonder who’ll collect the gong on his behalf?



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