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Pakistan government distances itself from bounty on filmmaker

Published on Sep 23, 2012 5:51 PM
Pakistan's Railway Minister Ghulam Ahmad Bilour speaks during a news conference in Peshawar on Sept 22, 2012. A Pakistani minister offered $100,000 on Saturday to anyone who kills the maker of an online video which insults Islam, as sporadic protests rumbled on across parts of the Muslim world. "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," Ahmad Bilour told a news conference, to applause. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD (AFP) - The Pakistan government distanced itself on Sunday from a US$100,000 (S$122,500) bounty offered by a cabinet minister for the death of the maker of an anti-Islam film that has sparked protests across the Muslim world.

Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmed Bilour invited members of the Taleban and Al-Qaeda to take part in the "noble deed", and said given the chance he would kill the film-maker with his own hands.

A spokesman for Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf rejected Mr Bilour's comments, made on Saturday, a day after angry protests across Pakistan against the Innocence Of Muslims left 21 people dead and more than 200 injured.

"This is not government policy. We completely dissociate (ourselves) from this," Mr Shafqat Jalil told AFP.