Hadi Matar. Now the face of the man who yesterday, during a literary festival in the state of New York stabbed the Indian-born writer Salman Rushdie has a name and surname. Has 24 yearsHe was born in California but of Lebanese descent and residing in Fairview, New Jersey. Little is known about him and – officially – even less about the reasons that led him to commit the crime.
The conditionals are obligatory since the young man – accused of attempted murder – has pleaded not guilty. The Associated Press reports. Matar appeared in court wearing a black and white jumpsuit and a white mask. He was handcuffed.
Who is the accused – The hypotheses that make their way see him as a pro-Iranian close to the Pasdaran, who would have waited for the right moment to implement the order that in 1989, the then Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini had imposed on all Muslims in the world issuing a fatwa against the writer, guilty of blasphemy for insulting the prophet Mohammed in his famous novel entitled “Satanic Verses”: killing Salman Rushdie. A “call to arms” to which Matar he would have replied, although in 1989 he was not yet born. To confirm this thesis, there are some posts shared on facebook by the young man in which Ayatollah Khomeini, the Iranian general, appears Qassem Suleimanikilled during a planned intelligence operation by the United States and implemented with the collaboration of Mossad on January 3, 2020 and the current Supreme Guide Ali Khamenei. All clues that point to the Iranian trail. According to the first investigative findings, the young man was in possession of a false license. We now dig into the life of the young man to try to obtain new details that can explain the dynamics of the facts and the reasons for the gesture.
The reactions: the silence of the activists in Pakistan and the “strange” silence of India – Predictably, the news aroused the approval of the Iranian intellectual community with expressions of jubilation on the front pages of the main Iranian newspapers. The same thing did not happen in India – Rushdie’s birthplace with a controversial relationship with the Muslim community – and Pakistan, A country that in 2007 was crossed by a wave of demonstrations against the decision to appoint the Anglo-Indian writer a knight, an honor conferred by Queen Elizabeth to those who distinguished themselves for particular merits. At the time a crowd of 300 people poured into the streets of the Pakistani capital Islamabad shouting slogans such as “our struggle will continue untilkilling of Salman Rushdie!“. Yet, as noted by the British newspaper The Guardian which tried to obtain comments on the incident from exponents of the world of culture and Pakistani activists, a silence seems to have fallen on the part of the activists. Blasphemy, as the Guardian points out, is an extremely sensitive issue in Pakistan, where even unproven accusations lead to lynching and violence. Salman Taseergovernor of Punjab, was killed by his security guard a Islamabadin 2011. Taseer called for a reform of the blasphemy legislation and promised to help Asia Bibi, a Christian woman accused of blasphemy after an argument with a Muslim woman. “Strange” silence also from India, Rushdie’s country of origin. The government of India chaired by Narendra Modiin fact, he did not issue any statement on the matter, as well as from the opposition, as well as from the Congress party which was in power when the book was published and which immediately banned it.