The Rushdie news today:
The most virulent protests against the award have been held in Pakistan, where the Government condemned the award and one minister was quoted encouraging the ultimate retribution. "If someone exploded a bomb on his body he would be right to do so unless the British Government apologises and withdraws the ’Sir’ title," said Mohammed Ijaz ul-Haq, the religious affairs minister.
Street protests continued today in Pakistan as a prominent hardline cleric supported calls for Rushdie to be killed. Abdul Rashid Ghazi, one of two brothers who run the extremist Red Mosque in the capital Islamabad backed a call for suicide bombers to target the novelist.
"Salman Rushdie deserves to be killed and anyone who has the power must kill him," he said.