Salman Rushdie off ventilator, talking a day after stabbing

TEHRAN, Aug. 14 (MNA) – Salman Rushdie has been taken off a ventilator and is now able to talk, a friend and his agent said, a day after he was stabbed.

Anti-Islam 75-year-old writer remained hospitalized with serious injuries on Saturday, but fellow author Aatish Taseer tweeted in the evening that he was “off the ventilator and talking."

Rushdie’s agent, Andrew Wylie, confirmed that information without offering further details.

Earlier in the day, the man accused of attacking him on Friday at the Chautauqua Institution, a nonprofit education and retreat center, pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and assault charges in what a prosecutor called a “preplanned” crime.

An attorney for Hadi Matar entered the plea on his behalf during an arraignment in western New York.

Salman Rushdie, the author of a blasphemous anti-Islam book, has been attacked on stage during an event in New York.

Rushdie is the author of “The Satanic Verses”, a blasphemous novel about Islam published in 1988 which sparked Muslims’ outrage across the globe.


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