New York: The man who attacked famous writer Salman Rushdie has made a big disclosure. Hadi Matar, who attacked Salman Rushdie with a knife during a lecture in New York, has given an interview. In this interview, he said that he was surprised to learn that the author survived the attack.
“After seeing Rushdie’s tweets last winter, he decided to see the writer at the Chautauqua Institute,” he said in an interview with the New York Post in prison.
“I don’t like that person. I don’t think he is a very good person. He is the man who attacked Islam. The author has attacked his faith,” he added.
Matar, 24, said he considered the late Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini a great man, but that he was not following the fatwa issued by Khomeini. After the publication of Salman Rushdie’s book ‘The Satanic Verses’, Khomeini had issued a fatwa calling for the killing of the author. Matar has claimed to have read a few pages of this book.
Salman Rushdie was attacked with a knife
Rushdie was recently in western New York to discuss the topic ‘The United States as a Refuge for Writers and Other Artists in Exile’. He was meeting people on stage, when Mater stabbed Rushdie several times with a knife. Rushdie was badly injured in the attack.
Iran has been accused of attacking Rushdie. A statement was issued by Iran’s Foreign Ministry regarding this. The State Department said that no one has the right to level allegations against Tehran over the attack on Salman Rushdie. The ministry said only Rushdie and his supporters deserved rebuke and condemnation for defaming the world’s Muslims. It is because of them that this incident has happened.