Salman Rushdie has had a few problems with Islamic extremists in the past. So it is rather bold of him to write an article for the “Daily Beast”, headlined on the site’s front page - “Time to declare Pakistan a terror state.” Before somebody issues another fatwa, I should point out that this appears to be a sub-editor’s headline. What Rushdie actually wrote was slightly less hardline – although still eye-catching. He finishes his piece, as follows: “As the world braces for the terrorists’ response to the death of their leader, it should also demand that Pakistan give satisfactory answers to the very tough questions it must now be asked. If it does not provide those answers, perhaps the time has come to declare it a terrorist state and expel it from the comity of nations.”
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