Attack on author Salman Rushdie was appalling: White House adviser

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Washington: The attack on Salman Rushdie, the novelist who was stabbed in the neck and torso onstage at a lecture in New York on Friday (Aug 12), was appalling, White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said.

“We’re all praying for his speedy recovery, and we’re thankful to good citizens and first responders for helping him so swiftly,” he wrote on Twitter.

Friday’s knife attack on Salman Rushdie comes more than 33 years after the fatwa against him by Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, in which he sentenced him to death.On February 14, 1989 Khomeini called for him to be killed for writing “The Satanic Verses”, which the cleric said insulted Islam.In a fatwa, or religious decree, Khomeini urged “Muslims of the world rapidly to execute the author and the publishers of the book” so that “no one will any longer dare to offend the sacred values of Islam.”

 

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