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article imagePakistan official announces bounty on maker of anti-Islam film

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By Samuel Okocha
Sep 22, 2012 in Religion
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A Pakistani government minister promised a $US100, 000 reward for anyone who kills the man behind an anti-Islam film. Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmed Bilour also invited members of the Talban and al-Qaida to take part in what he called the "noble deed."
"I announce today that this blasphemer who has abused the holy prophet, if somebody will kill him, I will give that person a prize of $100, 000," Mr Bilour told reporters in the northwestern city of Peshawar on Saturday. "I also invite Taliban and al-Qaida brothers to be partners in this noble deed," he said.
Mr Bilour’s announcement came after protests against the film claimed several lives and injured more than 200 others on Friday, which was declared a national holiday in honor of Prophet Muhammad.
A columnist C. Uday Bhaskar in a post on Reuters criticized Builour’s bounty pronouncement on the maker of the anti-Islam film. Such a call, he wrote, might score cheap political points but carry far reaching consequences.
“Stoking religious indignation and playing to the gallery can generate short-term political benefits in South Asia but the long-term implications are disastrous,’’ he wrote. “Respect for law and prevailing diplomatic protocols -- meaning that you cannot attack embassies and kill diplomats -- should be made non-negotiable and universal.’’
While Bilour condemned the work of the filmmaker, which he said upset Muslims across the world, the Pakistani government minister also condemned the violence during the protests across the country on Friday. He said the government would allow protesters to peacefully condemn the filmmaker and that the police and other law-enforcers would not crack down on them with baton
The film, "Innocence of Muslims", produced in the US and posted on the Internet portrays the prophet as a fraud, womanizer and child molester, reports NBC NEWS. The film has generated violent protests across the Muslim world including Libya where the US ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed.
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