Pakistan’s Minister for Railways, Ghulam Ahmed Bilour, placed a $100,000 bounty on a filmmaker who made a controversial D “movie” that insults the Prophet Mohammed, and urged al Qaeda and the Taliban to kill him. From Dawn:
A Pakistani federal minister has announced a bounty of $100,000 on the maker of the American film “Innocence of Muslims” disrespecting the Holy Prophet (PBUH), DawnNews reported.
Speaking here at a press conference on Saturday, the Federal Minister for Railways Ghulam Ahmed Bilour said that he was aware that it was a crime to instigate the people for murder, but he was ready to commit the crime. He added that there was no way to instill fear among blasphemers other than taking this step.
The minister also called on members of the Taliban and al Qaeda for their support, saying that if members of the banned militant organisations kill the maker of the blasphemous movie, they will also be rewarded.
This type of behavior from senior Pakistani officials shouldn’t shock anyone. In November 2010, Maulana Attaur Rehman, Pakistan’s Tourism Minister, said that the Taliban “are the true followers of Islamic ideology and America is the biggest terrorist of the world.” And, immediately after the Lashkar-e-Taiba carried out the terror assault on the city of Mumbai in November 2008, a Pakistani Army corps commander called Taliban leaders Baitullah Mehsud and Mullah Fazlullah “patriots” during a briefing with senior Pakistani journalists.
This is also the same country where, in 2011, lawyers showered the assassin of the governor of Punjab (he was killed for opposing Pakistan’s revolting blasphemy laws) with rose petals. At the same time, Barelvi clerics, who are often upheld as the caretakers of Pakistan’s moderate Muslims, said the murderer acted with “courage, bravery and religious honor and integrity,” and warned other Pakistani politicians against opposing the blasphemy law.
Also in 2011, Pakistan’s lawyers gathered to chant “Go, America go,” and “Osama bin Laden is our hero” after the al Qaeda leader was killed by US special operations forces in Abbottabad.
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