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Rally against Imran Khan's wife in Pakistan

Rally against Imran Khan's wife in Pakistan

Author: Indo-Asian News Service
Publication: Yahoo News
Date: September 20, 2002
URL: http://in.news.yahoo.com/020920/43/1vfyi.html

Angry protestors took out a rally against cricket icon-turned-politician Imran Khan's wife Jemima here Friday for allegedly adopting controversial writer Salman Rushdie as a guide.

Protesters threw shoes at posters of Jemima Khan and torched them at a rally outside the Masjid-e-Shuhada here, demanding that her Pakistani citizenship be revoked for seeking guidance from a blasphemer of Islam, Online news agency reported.

In 1988, Rushdie earned the ire of Muslims across the world for writing "The Satanic Verses," which some in the community say depicts Prophet Mohammad in a poor light.

A fatwa, or Muslim edict, was issued against Rushdie by Iran's religious head Ayotollah Khomeini in 1989, in which the late leader "sentenced to death" the author for writing a book against Islam, the Prophet and the Koran.

The protestors called upon clerics, particularly the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal -- a six-party Muslim religious alliance -- to join the movement urging the cancellation of Jemima Khan's citizenship.

They urged the government to cancel her citizenship and called upon religious parties and clerics to voice their protest against Jemima's alleged act of seeking guidelines from the damned Rushdie.

They also wanted Jemima to be expelled from Pakistan.

Last week, Imran Khan, who heads the Tehreek-e-Insaf party, had announced Jemima would serve as an ambassador of Islam to the West.

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