‘My comments about Salman Rushdie were taken out of context,’ Imran Khan clarifies
He added that he also turned down a seminar because Rushdie was present.
PTI chief and former Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that his comments about Salman Rushdie were taken ‘out of context,’ by the Guardian.
He added that he also turned down a seminar because Rushdie was present. The writer also talked about his absence from the event, and the two men even exchanged insults.
ابھی برطانوی اخبار میں سلمان رشدی پر حملے کے حوالے سے عمران خان سے فون پر بات ہوئی انہوں نے بتایا کہ اخبار نے سیاق وسباق سے ہٹ کر رپورٹ کیا،میں نے گستاخ رسول کے بارے میں اسلامی اور عدالتی نظام پر بات کی اور سانحہ سیالکوٹ کا حوالہ دیا ،میں برسوں قبل بھارتی اخبار کے سیمینار میں2/1
— Irshad Ahmad Arif (@syedirshadarif) August 19, 2022
Imran Khan said that he gave example of the Sialkot incident while talking about the punishment for Rushdie.
”Interview mei gustaakh e Rasool (SAWW) ko saza denay ke wazahat ke thi, saneha-e-sialkot ka hawala diya tha. Iss tanazir mei Rushdie ke baat ki thi,” Khan said.
خان صاحب حرمت رسول ﷺ کے بڑے محافظ ہیں۔ اس ضمن میں جتنی ان کی ہمارے پیارے دین اور نبی ﷺ کی حرمت لئے کاوشیں ہیں، اتنی کسی اور عالمی سیاسی رہنما کی نہیں۔
عمران خان کے الفاظ کو مروڑ کر پیش کیا گیا ہے، لیکن قوم اس عاشق رسول ﷺ کی سچائی سے واقف ہے۔
— Zartaj Gul Wazir (@zartajgulwazir) August 19, 2022
Imran Khan’s comments on Salman Rushdie
Prior to his clarification, Imran Khan made headlines for ‘condemning’ the knife attack on Salman Rushdie.
In an interview with the Guardian, he described the attack as ‘sad’ and terrible, when he was questioned about it. He also said that despite the anger against the novelist, what happened can’t be justified.
During his interview, he spoke about the Taliban’s Afghanistan takeover. He remarked that he expected Afghan women to ‘assert their rights’ in the face of the Taliban. A year ago, Khan’s controversial views about the Taliban caused consternation in the west.
The former PM blamed the excesses and disappearances during his tenure on the counter-insurgency tactics of the security forces. He labeled them responsible for picking up people.
”In my time, we never tried to oppress the media,” he said.
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