Senior Moment

Ijaz-ul-Haq, the Religious Affairs Minister of Pakistan has just stumbled into an ‘Oops, did I say that out loud’ gaffe.

Here’s what he said on learning that British author Salman Rushdie was to be knighted:

“If somebody has to attack by strapping bombs to his body to protect the honour of the Prophet then it is justified,”

Here’s what happened after his PR guys paid him a visit:

He later retracted his statement, explaining that he had intended to say that knighting Rushdie will foster extremism.

Nice catch Ijaz.

Update: Our Glasgow correspondent directs readers’ attention to this.