Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Pakistan Minister offers Bounty on Anti-Islam Filmmaker

Immigration News

A Pakistani cabinet minister offered a $100,000 reward on Saturday for the death of the person behind the anti-Islam video made in the United States that has roiled Muslims around the world, even suggesting that Taliban and Al Qaeda militants could carry out the killing.

“I announce today that this blasphemer, this sinner who has spoken nonsense about the holy Prophet, anyone who murders him, I will reward him with $100,000,” Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmad Bilour told a news conference, to applause.

“I invite the Taliban brothers and the al Qaeda brothers to join me in this blessed mission.”

Bilour is considered by some in Pakistan to be partially responsible for the deteriorating situation of the country’s railways.

The producer of the film, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, is reportedly a 55-year-old Egyptian Copt and convicted fraudster, out on parole, who lives in Los Angeles.

Bilour’s announcement came after more than 5,000 protesters, including hundreds of women, marched towards the parliament in Islamabad, chanting: “We love our Holy Prophet” and “Punishment for those who humiliated our Prophet.”

But in Islamabad, the government distanced itself from the comments.

Shafqat Jalil, press secretary to Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf quoted by New York Times said, “We completely dissociate ourselves from the statement of Mr. Bilour.”

Mr. Jalil added that the prime minister had been trying contact the leader of Mr. Bilour’s party, a minority member of the coalition government. “The P.M. will try to work something out with him,” he said.

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