‘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.

'My comments about Salman Rushdie were taken out of context,' Imran Khan clarifies

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.

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.

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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