Pakistan Taleban: 'Amnesty' for bounty minister
ISLAMABAD (AP) - The Pakistani Cabinet minister who put a US$100,000 (S$125,000) bounty on an anti-Islam filmmaker's head has impressed the country's Taleban militants so much that they announced on Wednesday they are taking him off their hit list.
Separately, a breakaway faction of the Afghan Taleban announced its own bounty for those behind Innocence Of Muslims, the film that has sparked deadly protests across the Islamic world. The group is offering almost US$500,000 in gold.
Muslims have been angered by the crude, amateurish film's portrayal of the Prophet Muhammad as a fraud, a womaniser and a child molester. Dozens of people, including the United States (US) ambassador to Libya, have died in violence linked to protests over the movie.
The man behind the video, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula has put his home up for sale and gone into hiding since violence erupted over the 14-minute YouTube trailer for Innocence Of Muslims, which also has sparked debate over freedom of expression in the US and in Europe.