UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated in a tweet that he was “appalled” by the incident and expressed assist for Rushdie’s restoration.
“Appalled that Sir Salman Rushdie has been stabbed whereas exercising a proper we must always by no means stop to defend. Proper now my ideas are together with his family members. We’re all hoping he’s okay,” Johnson stated Friday.
French President Emmanuel Macron additionally tweeted his assist for Rushdie following the assault.
“[For] 33 years, Salman Rushdie has embodied freedom and the battle towards obscurantism. He has simply been the sufferer of a cowardly assault by the forces of hatred and barbarism. His battle is our battle; it’s common. Now greater than ever, we stand by his aspect,” Macron stated.
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese additionally condemned the assault, calling it “sickening and cowardly.”
“This mindless violence towards a celebrated creator can be an assault on world freedom of expression and deserves unequivocal condemnation. Might he have a full restoration,” Albanese added.
The 75-year-old novelist — the son of a profitable Muslim businessman in India — was educated in England, first at Rugby Faculty and later on the College of Cambridge the place he acquired an MA diploma in historical past.
He later spent a decade beneath British safety after his fourth novel, “The Satanic Verses,” prompted the supreme chief of Iran Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini to difficulty a non secular decree, or fatwa, calling for his dying.
The bounty towards Rushdie has by no means been lifted, nevertheless in 1998 the Iranian authorities sought to distance itself from the fatwa by pledging to not search to hold it out.
However in February 2017, Iran’s Supreme Chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei reaffirmed the spiritual edict.
And in 2019, Khamenei tweeted that stated Khomeini’s fatwa towards Rushdie was “stable and irrevocable,” prompting Twitter to put a restriction on his account.
Iranian-born German politician Bijan Djir-Sarai blamed the Iranian authorities for the assault, saying in a Friday tweet: “The Iranian mullahs’ regime can be chargeable for this cowardly assault. Anybody who desires regular relations with this regime ought to know this.”
The suspect within the assault has been recognized as Hadi Matar from Fairview, New Jersey. There has not but been any official response from Iran to the assault.
Nevertheless, a number of hardline Iranian newspapers poured reward on Matar on Saturday, together with the conservative Kayhan newspaper, whose editor-in-chief is appointed by Khamenei.
“A thousand bravos, 100 God blesses. His hand should be kissed… Bravo to the warrior and dutiful man who attacked the Apostate and depraved Salman Rushdie. The hand of the warrior should be kissed. He tore the vein of Rushdie’s neck,” the paper stated.
One other hardline newspaper, Khorasan, revealed a headline, “The Satan on the Path to Hell” whereas displaying an image of Rushdie on a stretcher.
The information has rattled authors from throughout South Asia and the diaspora, together with Bangladeshi creator Taslima Nasreen, who stated she was “shocked” by the information.
“I by no means thought it could occur. He has been dwelling within the West, and he has been protected since 1989,” stated Nasreen, who is understood for her writings on ladies’s oppression, and who has had a few of her books banned in Bangladesh.
“If he’s attacked, anybody who’s vital of Islam might be attacked. I’m nervous,” she stated.
Aatish Taseer, a British-American author and journalist who had his Abroad Citizen of India (OCI) card — a type of everlasting residency obtainable to folks of Indian origin — revoked by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2019, stated that he was “devastated” by the information.
“Devastated by the information about @SalmanRushdie. He was the primary author I ever met and his dedication to defend his freedom (and that of others) within the face of non secular extremism has been a relentless inspiration. I do know he will likely be okay. He needs to be,” Taseer stated.
American writers and organizations have additionally been left reeling from the assault. Rushdie has been dwelling in the USA lately.
Press Freedom group PEN America stated in a Friday assertion that the group “is reeling from shock and horror” after Friday’s assault.
“We will consider no comparable incident of a public assault on a literary author on American soil,” stated CEO Suzanne Nossel.
“Salman Rushdie has been focused for his phrases for many years however has by no means flinched nor faltered,” Nossel stated. “He has devoted tireless vitality to aiding others who’re weak and menaced.”
Nossel additionally stated that hours earlier than the assault Rushdie had emailed her asking for assist in discovering protected refuge for “Ukrainian writers in want of protected refuge from the grave perils they face.”
CNN’s Eyad Kourdi, Jake Kwon, Alex Stambaugh, Jonny Hallam and Ramin Moshtaghian contributed reporting.