Rushdie on ventilator with damaged liver, may lose an eye: The Tribune India

New York, August 13

Salman Rushdie was on a ventilator with a damaged liver and could lose an eye after the controversial Mumbai-born author was stabbed in the neck and abdomen by a man during a speech in New York state, sending shock waves through the literary world, which condemned the incident as an attack on freedom of expression.

“The news is not good,” said the 75-year-old writer’s agent, Andrew Wylie, after a heavily bleeding Rushdie was airlifted from a field adjacent to the venue in west New York on Friday to a hospital in northwestern Pennsylvania and endured hours of surgery.

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Rushdie, who faced Islamist death threats for years after writing ‘The Satanic Verses,’ was stabbed by a 24-year-old New Jersey resident, identified as Hadi Matar, on stage as he was introduced at a Chautauqua Institution Literary Event in Western New York.

New York State Police, which is investigating the attack, said the Bureau of Criminal Investigations arrested Matar for “attempted second-degree murder and second-degree assault.”

“Salman will probably lose an eye; the nerves in his arm were severed; and his liver was stabbed and damaged,” Wylie told The New York Times. Rushdie, who won the Booker Prize for his novel ‘Midnight’s Children,” is still unable to speak, he said. The suspect was from Fairview, New Jersey, State Police Troop Commander Maj. Eugene J Staniszewski told a news conference. Police are working with the FBI and local authorities to determine the motive.

A preliminary review of Matar’s social media accounts by law enforcement showed he was sympathetic to Shia extremism and Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps causes, a senior official told NBC News. law enforcement with direct knowledge of the investigation.

Authorities are also working to obtain search warrants for several items found at the scene, including a backpack and electronic devices, Staniszewski said.

Asked about the striker’s nationality, Staniszewski replied: “I don’t know yet.” Authorities believe the suspect was alone but are investigating “to make sure that is the case,” Staniszewski said, adding authorities would determine “appropriate charges” as the investigation continues.

Rushdie’s fourth book, “The Satanic Verses”, in 1988 forced him into hiding for nine years.

Iran’s late leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini accused Rushdie of blasphemy over the book and in 1989 issued a fatwa against him, calling for his death. Rushdie’s writings led to death threats from Iran, which offered a $3 million reward for anyone who killed him.

Staniszewski said Rushdie received medical attention from a doctor in the audience until emergency medical personnel arrived at the scene.

“We are deeply shocked and appalled to learn of the attack on Salman Rushdie. We condemn this violent public assault and our thoughts are with Salman and his family at this difficult time,” tweeted Markus Dohle, CEO of Penguin Random House.

US National Security Advisor Jake Sulliving called the attack “appalling” and said members of the Biden-Harris administration were praying for his speedy recovery.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul called the attack “horrific”. “Here is an individual who has spent decades speaking truth to power, someone who has been there fearlessly despite the threats that have followed him throughout his adult life,” said Hochul. “PEN America is shocked and horrified at news of a brutal and premeditated attack on our former President and staunch ally, Salman Rushdie,” PEN America CEO Suzanne Nossel said in a statement. —PTI

Suspect sympathetic to Shiite extremism

  • Suspect Hadi Matar (24) arrested for attempted second degree murder and second degree assault
  • Preliminary review of his social media accounts reveals he was supportive of Shia extremism as well as Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps causes

Cops say efforts are being made to determine motive

  • Police are working with the FBI and local authorities to determine the motive
  • Search warrants obtained for items including devices found at the scene

Jaishankar makes brief comments

I also read about it… I also saw that. Obviously, this is something the whole world has noticed. — S Jaishankar, EAM

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