Muslims called to ‘hold the Queen accountable’
But to compare Sir Salman Rushdie to the September 11th hijackers is not only outrageous; it is a highly provocative statement, if not incitement. This Peer of the Realm lends his support to those who bring curses upon Her Majesty, and also to those who insist that if Mr Blair is to become a Middle East envoy, he should be sent back ‘in a bag’. Lord Ahmed lends weight from the heart of Parliament to the demands of the Pakistani religious affairs minister Ijaz ul-Haq, who said the move to honour Mr Rushdie justified suicide bombings.
Leaflets were handed out from the Regent’s Park mosque saying: ‘The British Government's decision to honour Salman Rushdie is a public demonstration of their hatred and contempt towards Islam.’ Apparently, they now ‘have a responsibility to hold the Queen accountable for standing with the people who insult Islam’.
What does this mean? How do they intend to ‘hold the Queen accountable’?
It is significant that a Pakistani group of traders has offered a reward of 10 million rupees for anyone who beheads Sir Salman. This appears to have support from Pakistan’s National Assembly, which is not only demanding that the British government revoke the knighthood and ‘apologise to the Islamic world’, but one MP has also called for Sir Salman to be murdered, declaring: ‘Whosoever kills him will be the hero of Muslims’. Is this what they mean by holding to account?
But it is not only apostates and Christian infidels who are in danger: Britain’s first Muslim MP, Mohammed Sarwar, has announced that he is to step down from the House of Commons at the next general election after he and his family received repeated death threats from other Muslims. Mr Sarwar was pivotal in securing the extradition from Pakistan of three Muslims for kidnapping, torturing and murdering the white schoolboy Kriss Donald in 2004. By helping to convict them, by ensuring justice was done, Mr Sarwar has been found guilty of betraying the ummah – the brotherhood of Islam – and so deserves to die…as do his children…and grandchildren.
Mohammed Sarwar MP can be proud that he not only made history, he has pursued justice. Lord Ahmed should be ashamed, and his peerage should be withdrawn forthwith.