Controversial novelist, author and your mother-in-law trapped in a middle-aged man’s body, Salman Rushdie, announced in London that he is planning to write a book on his relationship with Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician-should-turn-cricketer-again, Imran Khan.

Talking to journalists at London’s Heathrow Airport, Rushdie told reporters that the book is mostly about the art of reverse swing bowling that Imran pioneered during his cricketing days. The book will be called ‘Satanic Reverses.’

Rushdie’s book will be based on his talks with Imran during the time when he first met him in London in 1880. Imran had been invited by Lord John Windstorm and Lady Windstorm for dinner at their luxurious and ghost-infested castle in suburban London.

‘Imran was a very charming young lad then,’ Rushdie told the media personnel. ‘I particularly fancied his Duran Duran hair-cut and his extensive knowledge of London’s finest milk bars.’

Rushdie and Imran recently experienced an acrimonious fall out when Imran refused to attend a Duran Duran reunion concert in Mumbai in which Rushdie was also invited to perform a live human sacrificial ritual on stage to summon the devil.

Talking on the phone from the Aabpara area in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad, Imran told this correspondent that he couldn’t even imagine sharing the same stage with a devil worshipper like Salman Rushdie.

‘Ever since I retired from cricket, I have been relentlessly working towards eradicating devil worship in Pakistan,’ Imran explained. ‘I was planning to invite Duran Duran to perform at my rally in Mandi Bahauddin, but I am disappointed that they have allowed a Satanist like Rushdie to attend their concert. I have now invited a local pop band, Hafiz Saeed & The Rocking Missiles, to the rally.’

When asked by this reporter about the controversial songs of the said band in which it propagates hatred towards Ahmadis, Hindus, Christians and Shias, Imran said that the songs ‘only propagate hatred towards bad Ahmadis, Hindus, Christians and Shias.’

‘They (the band) are actually a great bunch of people,’ Imran said. ‘Very patriotic and very misunderstood. Their latest single, Shezan is the devil’s drink is pretty awesome.’

Imran says that he had never met Rushdie and that Rushdie was lying about the talks they had about reverse swing bowling.

‘The time Rushdie claims I was with him at Lord Windstorm’s castle, I was actually performing hajj in Mecca,’ Imran claimed.

Rushdie however rubbished Imran’s assertion. While taking a swig of goat’s blood from a human skull and letting out a burst of evil laugher, Buahahahaha, Rushdie said: ‘Immy was there at the castle enjoying a jug of skimmed milk and talking about the art of reverse swing with Joan Windstorm, the 23-year-old daughter of the Windstorms, and all the while Joan thought he was talking about transvestites in major league baseball.’

‘Nonsense!’ Said Imran when told about Rushdie’s claim. ‘It was whole milk and not at all skimmed.’

Imran added that Rushdie was quick to insult his (Imran’s) faith (i.e. white magic), but can he afford to ridicule the fairytale stories of the Holocaust of the Amazonian people?

In an interview he gave to famous Red Indian TV anchor, Barkha Two Horse Power Dutt, Imran said: ‘This does not mean that I am a Holocaust denier. I like the Amazonians because they are people of the book (i.e. 'Dummies Guide to White Magic'). All I am suggesting is that just because the Amazonians have great influence in Hollywood and like to finance one-dimensional and biased flicks about those who do not like Shezan fruit juices, Rushdie will never even think about ridiculing them in his novels.’

Furthermore, Imran also contradicted Rushdie’s claims by confessing that it was not him who was the pioneer of reverse swing, but former Pakistani cricketer and heavy Shezan drinker, Sarfraz Nawaz.

‘Rushdie should know this because Sarfraz too became a devil worshipper,’ Imran said.

But Rushdie continued to insist to the reporters that he did meet Imran and had long conversations about reverse swing bowling, the need for neutral umpires, Duran Duran’s fashion sense and Lady Windstorm’s inexplicable admiration for Ian Botham’s flabby frame.

Rushdie, while sticking pins in a voodoo doll that uncannily looked like an 1880 version of Imran, said: ‘Imran also met former Libyan dictator, Colonel Qadhafi, at the Windstorm’s castle. In fact, Qadhafi offered him $10 million to work as his double.’

Imran agrees that Qadhafi made the offer, but says that the offer was not made at the Windstorm’s castle, but during hajj.

‘You can ask the camel that accompanied Qadhafi when he came to meet me at my tent there,’ Imran said.

When some media personnel travelled to Saudi Arabia to meet the camel they were told that the camel was executed in 1987 by Saudi authorities for showing affection to a female camel in public. Its meat was then donated to Pakistan.

The Imran-Rushdie saga is far from resolved. In fact it is set to further flare up once Rushdie publishes his book. Interestingly, authorities in Iran have already started to organise book burning events in which notebooks with ‘Satanic Reverses’ scribbled on them (with pencil) are being hurled into the fires.

In Saudi Arabia, almost two hundred female camels were recently executed after they were accused of driving their own carts and thus practicing black magic.

In Pakistan, Hafiz Saeed & The Rocking Missiles have planned to hold peaceful anti-Rushdie concerts and release a song (written by former I As I chief) to raise funds for Imran’s election campaign. The song is called ‘Aman Ka Pasha.’

In Britain, the Windstorms who were implicated by the Scotland Yard for their role in the assassination of Prince Charles’s favorite horse, Nigel, have vowed to back Rushdie’s claims by helping him turn his book into a Bollywood blockbuster called ‘Kabhi Rushdie, Kabhi Dumb.’

The Amazonian lobby in Hollywood has also shown interest in financing the film but only if it is allowed to add meaningless footage of Amazonian warriors slaughtering defenseless Babylonian men, women and children in the film.

Members of Duran Duran however have announced that they want nothing to do with Rushdie anymore. In fact, they are said to have joined the London chapter of the Tableeghi Jamat, given up music and opened a series of halal fashion boutiques in the Pakistani city of Raiwind.

Nadeem F. Paracha is a cultural critic and senior columnist for Dawn Newspaper and

The views expressed by this blogger and in the following reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Dawn Media Group.

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Comments (106)

March 22, 2012 12:08 pm
Wah Saein Wah. Zabardast NFP.
March 22, 2012 12:21 pm
Cool story bro!!
March 22, 2012 12:24 pm
After a long time , one more hilarious jhelabi from NFP. "camel was executed in 1987 by Saudi authorities for showing affection to a female camel in public. Its meat was then donated to Pakistan" he he ,real gem
Saad D
March 22, 2012 12:42 pm
bohat alaa! :D
March 22, 2012 12:45 pm
NFP, this ain't even funny.
March 22, 2012 1:16 pm!!! This is certainly one of his funniest and sharpest parody articles.
March 22, 2012 1:21 pm
An extremely hillarious and stimulating piece... I so wish to see the day when our leaders and so called intellectuals come out of their delusional narcissism.
Harish Shenai
March 22, 2012 1:21 pm
Excellent piece sirji.Maan gaye.
Ashiq Samo
March 22, 2012 1:21 pm
No one wants to be where Salman Rushdie is.
Awais Mujeeb Ahmad
March 22, 2012 1:29 pm
y "shezan" a devil's drink??
March 22, 2012 1:59 pm
having nothing to do except criticizing to the popular people to make himself popular
March 22, 2012 2:14 pm
I believe, Nadeem could have done better. He is mixing fact with fiction in most sections of the blog! For people with less knowledge on some facts (in Imran Khan's life) might take them for stories aswell!
March 22, 2012 2:22 pm
I liked this one better :- "In Saudi Arabia, almost two hundred female camels were recently executed after they were accused of driving their own carts and thus practicing black magic."
March 22, 2012 2:17 pm
hahaha!! funny ideed! but another of IK Obsession Syndrome
March 22, 2012 2:32 pm
why do we need fun here? indeed it was not funny at all.
March 22, 2012 2:35 pm
very well written. NFP. People who need "fun" may read some jokes etc...somewhere else.
March 22, 2012 2:42 pm
Not funny at all just a waste of time..
Anjum Hameed
March 22, 2012 2:47 pm
I love it!!..too, too funny..I don't think we have an IK Obsession, I think his own statements bring this upon himself!!..
March 22, 2012 2:55 pm
Satanic Satire...
March 22, 2012 2:50 pm
Just can't understand what the writer want to write...seems too much already exists confusing thoughts in his mind .
March 22, 2012 3:13 pm
A total waste of time..... and it wasn't even funny and neither is rushdie a laughing matter for most pakistanis
Ali Shah
March 22, 2012 3:39 pm
I am not a big fan of NFP but this article did make me laugh
Fatimah K.
March 22, 2012 3:39 pm
NFP has been writing some terrific political and social satire in Dawn. This was belongs right up there with some of his best. But even more hilarious are some of the reactions in the comment section. They have no clue what's hit them! :)
March 22, 2012 3:39 pm
Brilliant! Awsome. And very accurate
March 22, 2012 3:45 pm
March 22, 2012 4:08 pm
'Satanic Reverses'.....Nadeem, now its becoming difficult to say which is your best as every time i read, i could not help but wonder your awesomeness in satire. keep it up.
March 22, 2012 4:30 pm
March 22, 2012 4:40 pm
Why doesn't NFP ever write satire against and about bad governance, corruption, extortion, street crimes, nepotism and the list goes on and on? These issues hurt me more as a common man. Never saw anything from him against those in power either. He's just too much focused on religious fanatics and those he personally dislikes . They cause me damage too - but not as much. Maybe, NFP's leftist past has something to do with his areas of interest.
March 22, 2012 5:08 pm
Hey NFP, there is one typo in your article....its 1980 not 1880 when Salman met Imran.
March 22, 2012 5:18 pm
Excellent and really funny
March 22, 2012 5:27 pm
A great read, NFP your a gifted writer !
March 22, 2012 5:44 pm
He is obsessed with Khan..
Ursilla Anjum
March 22, 2012 5:46 pm
That was intentional, bhai. :)
Umber Rehman
March 22, 2012 6:16 pm
Actually it's time for Imran and Rushdie to retire and for NFP to become the next Pakistani PM.
March 22, 2012 6:29 pm
Rubbish stuff by NFP, as usual.
March 22, 2012 6:45 pm
Not very funny, a disappointment indeed.
Kashif Sarwar
March 22, 2012 6:46 pm
NFP you are becoming a waste of space !
Tahir Alvi
March 22, 2012 6:50 pm
Uh-oh. Here come the Tsunami fans. I love the way NFP manages to spin them into a tangle.
March 22, 2012 6:52 pm
Wow. This coming from a Tsunami fan. LOL. The truth is it is PTI fans who are obsessed with NFP. He's king.
March 22, 2012 6:57 pm
Love You :) made my day.
March 22, 2012 6:59 pm
I used to be a big fan on NFP, but I am disappointed now. Not because I think it was not funny, it sure was. I feel bad for NFP now, he is just hopeless with the country and wants everyone to feel the same about everyone including Imran Khan. He should consider writing something positive for a change, at least once in a while.
Ghani Khan
March 22, 2012 7:19 pm
Piece by NFP, sensationalism at its best. Humour infantile.
asma tanoli
March 22, 2012 7:46 pm
A great article with lots of inside information. Good satire!
jagjit sidhoo
March 22, 2012 8:09 pm
‘Kabhi Rushdie, Kabhi Dumb.’Hilarious but below the belt
March 22, 2012 8:19 pm
maza nai aya...
March 22, 2012 10:03 pm
Hafiz Saeed and the Rocking Missiles :) Absolutely Brilliant.
sarita talwai
March 22, 2012 10:17 pm
NFP, I watched both the men on T.V last week and I thought-aah...Fresh fodder for NFP ! Well, as usual you rose to the occasion !
March 22, 2012 10:30 pm
if this was supposed to be a clever piece of satire or some witty metaphor, you failed. this was just really boring and really dry.
March 22, 2012 10:43 pm
Very funny. But, your mother-in-law is not going to be happy :)
March 22, 2012 11:11 pm
True Story
March 22, 2012 11:32 pm
I couldn't agree more.
March 23, 2012 12:06 am
A petty sense of fun.
March 23, 2012 12:23 am
NFP is nobody's Social Studies or Moral Science teacher. If you really need some enlightenment on those read other bloggers. He is a satirist and a damn good one. Great imagination and terrific humor is required to ridicule narcissists riding imaginary righteous horses.
El Cid
March 23, 2012 12:34 am
NFP does not satire. Satire, by defination is parody and ridicule of those in power. That takes great courage. As proof: You will see thar NFP will step away from IK when he takes command.
March 23, 2012 12:36 am
King of what ? Shop talk !
March 23, 2012 1:03 am
I did not understand the importance of this article. Why Rushdi name appear on this article? Is it fair that you are actually going to give the importance to Rushdi rather than Imran Khan.
March 23, 2012 3:13 am
What a wonderful write up. You have made my day. Thank you very much Nadeem Paracha.
Mustafa Razavi
March 23, 2012 3:23 am
Tahir Sahib, the tangle is all in your mind, just like NFP is a legend in his own mind.
Mustafa Razavi
March 23, 2012 3:21 am
I pity people whose intellectual level does not allow them to enjoy NFP.
March 23, 2012 3:56 am
Guess! y its only dawn news in Pakistan giving do much coverage to Salman Rushdie? exactly
March 23, 2012 4:45 am
i couldn't stop laughing! only NFP, and only DAWN! Thanks for the laughs!
March 23, 2012 5:20 am
I was not sleepy at all. Thanx for whatever you said up there. Made me sleepy! good night
March 23, 2012 6:13 am
Lolz - hilarity*hilarity
March 23, 2012 8:41 am
I read the article over and over and realized it is not about Salman Rushdi or Imran Khan. It is all about Nadeem Paracha's perception of Salman Rushdi and Imran Khan as comedians.
March 23, 2012 8:41 am
what rubbish and utter waste of space.
Lord Comealot
March 23, 2012 8:59 am
Absolutely brilliant NFP. Too funny.
March 23, 2012 9:56 am
Time to stop reading Dawn and move over to other Pak publications for News and mature professional articles.
March 23, 2012 10:10 am
Rushdie is a pratt. Imran is better looking. The article is very funny
Saad Salman Zia
March 23, 2012 10:26 am
*yawn* I liked your writing a lot but your satire work is simply not what I look for in humor.
March 23, 2012 10:40 am
I am an Imran Khan supporter but at the same time i must say there is a natural contradiction in IK's many views. NFP has beautifully twisted them for a laugh. PTI guys need to learn the art of disgesting satire
March 23, 2012 10:41 am
A great read! lol
kamaljit singh
March 23, 2012 11:43 am
''your mother-in-law trapped in a middle-aged man’s body'' Haha
Imraan Mehmood
March 23, 2012 1:00 pm
As usual, NFP is craving for attention
Zalim Khan
March 23, 2012 1:04 pm
Hey, NFP....."excellent article" just keeps getiing better! keep it going!
March 23, 2012 1:08 pm
I am surprised how come Salman Rushdie is given so much coverage under the Pakistani media
March 23, 2012 2:22 pm
Well said Gautham. Precisely.
Saud Bajwa
March 23, 2012 2:16 pm
I used to read your columns but gave up reading them since I found you a sort of 'extremist', hardline opinionated intellectual. This was due to me in the centre having dislike for any kind fanatics...either religious or secularists, but this blog, I started reading it and then could not stop until I finished. Fantastic satire.I never knew this side of your talent. Absolutely wonderful.May be consider expressing yourself more in this kind of a way.
vijay, chennai, Indi
March 23, 2012 2:48 pm
watch rushdi's photo. Remove the beard. Add a few wrinkles to his face-Voila!!! He looks like Mahatma Gandhi
March 23, 2012 4:30 pm
NFP as usual your crossed your point, this time with satire twist. You are heck of a writer. Keep it going..
Goga Nalaik
March 23, 2012 4:47 pm
Hilarious Your fan
March 23, 2012 5:17 pm
You know what I love about NFP's articles? You never learn anything from them.
Iftikhar Husain
March 23, 2012 6:09 pm
I am glad to read this keep on posting such original stories.
March 23, 2012 6:32 pm
Ustaad Nadeem, the politics world over is so miserable that one dreads reading the paper or watcing TV. Thank you for making me laugh so hard and I will follow your column hoping for more.
March 23, 2012 9:18 pm
Red Indian is a typo for Radia-nt Barkha Two HP Dutt.
Naeemullah Shah
March 23, 2012 9:22 pm
Rushdi (no body) is trying to take advantage of Imran's name to get more media space. Simpletons will follow these characters.
A B Jam
March 23, 2012 10:42 pm
This is a very cheap and non sense article. What does he mean by mother-in-law thing in the opening sentence?? It is very foul language and insulting. Dawn please ask the writer to write something good and valuable for a change. I am sure people who have given comments in favour of the article are friends of him.
March 23, 2012 10:58 pm
I think this article should be part of the movie kabhi rushdi kabhi dumb.
March 23, 2012 11:32 pm
I am not usually person to write comments.this article looked fakely intellectual and artificially made humourous probably by an ignorant said earlier I donot write comments but this publicity stunt like article compeeled me to do so.I have researched rushdie life after this article and found that he was muslim born and his contravercial novel was published in 1988 probably after meeting with Imran Khan.If writer would have done some researcb before writing it would have great.Person like writer usually are product of inferiority complex.writing any thing in english doesnot make any body more intellectual.About imran khan,I am not a member of his party.I know one thing there might be player or politician better than him,but not any body specially from pakistan has earned respect , fame and love from all over the world(even from non cricket playing nation).during his youth he was glamorous which eveybody wish but not dishonest.allah can hadiayat to any body at any stage.i like him because he is well determined and struugle what he belief in.meeting is not a big deal especially when it was in some body else place and before rushdie got khustakhi rasool(berfore 1988).we being liviing in west and eat with every religion.this article is fakely made humorous by writing milk bar rather than bar.will wait for writer reply.thanks dr abid UK
March 23, 2012 11:33 pm
simply a disgrace for newspaper like dawn to post his so called hilarious articles .
Nate Gupta
March 24, 2012 12:09 am
Nadeem ji, I have no idea how you can see humorous side in seemingly dry and potentially explosive situations. Absolutely brilliant work, sir. PS. Satanic Reverses has been banned in India as it was found to be hurtful to the sentiments of our batsmen :D
March 24, 2012 12:22 am
NFP could not create any humour. It was rather a cheap production.
March 24, 2012 3:10 am
NFP tries to write political satire, but the underlying message is usually Imran bashing and making fun of anything that is close to orthodox Islam. It will be nice if NFP declares himself as comedy writer because the writing a satire should serve a good purpose.
El Cid
March 24, 2012 3:44 am
But add a couple of horns and he looks like the Devil; as is he looks satanic...his real alter-ego!
Ahmad KN
March 24, 2012 3:42 am
NFP - There is a circus in the town. Clowns are everywhere.Ever thought of bringing PPP & MQM in firing line ?
March 24, 2012 10:55 am
I am really shocked to see this news article in dawn. Do we need to promote such a character who is according to our belief deserves the most painful punishment. Dawn management should take necessary necessary steps to avoid such articles in future.
March 24, 2012 6:41 pm
My 8 month old daughter can do a better job than this. Rushdi has found his match.
Kamran Bangash
March 25, 2012 3:21 pm
Cooool. Really cool. Also though provoking.
Salma Afridi
March 25, 2012 3:44 pm
Great article! Satire to me is one of the best way of describing the madness around on us. Thanks for speaking out!
March 25, 2012 8:32 pm
Haven't seen anything like this . Making fun of Islam . Criticizing some one is very easy .
March 26, 2012 1:21 am
It seems the writer's targetted audience is "west born confused teenagers of Pakistani descent" (or our local "western mind eastern soul pata nahi kiay type"). The guy really needs to grow up.
March 26, 2012 4:15 am
SImply genius ! 1 of the best satirists in the whole world ! keep it UP
Abbas from the US
March 26, 2012 11:42 pm
NFP, Amazing way of looking at celeberities, politicians, witers, even world reknown authors like Rushie. Imran has chosen the wrong people to be associated with in his ambitions to power. This current lot of Difa e Pakistan extremists will be Imran's final failure.
March 27, 2012 11:40 pm
" Salman Rushdie to write book on Imran Khan " so speculates NFP, books take a long time to come, you should go ahead and sketch out the hairy tales of "Croudy" Immy the Saviour of Pakistan with a lot of Tsunami.
April 6, 2012 9:15 am
Well said, Al-Cid!
May 5, 2012 12:34 pm
I thought Dawn had an anti-religion posture, but when it comes to anyone threatening PPP rulership of the country anything goes, a shameful piece.
July 7, 2012 5:48 am
Bravo NFP, keep it up !
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