The knighthood of Salman Rushdie and the idiotic protest in Pakistan and Iran (see Amardeep) are two sides of the same coin, somewhat, read Priya Gopal on the subject:

To see the knighthood as “belated” endorsement by the British establishment is to miss the point entirely. Until, and even after, the vicious death sentence pronounced by Ayatollah Khomeini, Rushdie could not possibly have been endorsed by an establishment he had committed himself to undermining in merciless prose and brilliant satire.