Anti-Islam Film: Pakistan Minister Offers $100K Bounty
A Pakistani government minister has offered a $100,000 (£61,616) reward for the death of the maker of an anti-Islam film produced in the US.
Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmad Bilour said he would pay the reward for the “sacred duty” out of his own pocket.
A government spokesman condemned the remarks and said it was considering taking action against Mr Bilour.
The comments came a day after at least 20 people died in clashes between anti-film protesters and Pakistani police.
Friday’s violence occurred in cities throughout Pakistan, with Karachi and Peshawar among the worst hit.
“I will pay whoever kills the makers of this video $100,000,” the minister said. “If someone else makes other similar blasphemous material in the future, I will also pay his killers $100,000.
“I call upon these countries and say: Yes, freedom of expression is there, but you should make laws regarding people insulting our Prophet. And if you don’t, then the future will be extremely dangerous.”
His ANP party, which is part of the governing coalition, told the BBC this was a personal statement, not party policy, but added that it would not be taking any action against him.
The prime minister’s press secretary, Shafqat Jalil, told the BBC that the government absolutely dissociated itself from Mr Bilour’s statement.
“He is not a member of the PPP, he is an ANP politician and therefore the prime minister will speak to the head of the ANP to decide the next step. They are not ruling out action against him but say he will stay in his post for now.”