Oh dear. What has Mr. Rushdie's knighthood sparked off?
Pakistani Religious Affairs Minister Mohammed Ijaz ul-Haq (son of Zia) made a statement condoning suicide bombing, and students in the city of Multan, burnt effigies of the Queen and Rushdie on the streets.
(Of course lah, it's always the effigy burner who grab the headlines even if there are only 100 of them and the rest of the country's population and indeed other Muslims in every corner of the globe stays completely out of it: such is the way of the news ... focus on the loony element and declare them representative of the whole.)
Rushdie, celebrating his 60th this week must be pretty scared that he is facing the kind of threats that sent him into hiding in the late '80's, while apparently the committee that forwarded his name for knighthood did not consider the political ramifications but rather decided on the award for literary merit.
Here's what International PEN has to say about it.