The Straits Times
Published on Sep 23, 2012

Pakistan minister places $125,000 bounty on anti-Islam filmmaker


ISLAMABAD (AFP) - A Pakistani official on Saturday placed a US$100,000 (S$125,000) bounty on the head of the maker of an anti-Islam film that has sparked a wave of violence and anger, as Muslims mounted fresh protests worlwide.

Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmed Bilour also called on the Taleban and Al-Qaeda to join the hunt and help accomplish the "noble deed".

Mr Bilour spoke to reporters in the northwestern city of Peshawar a day after violent nationwide demonstrations against the Innocence Of Muslims film left 21 people dead and more than 200 injured.

"I announce today that this blasphemer who has abused the holy prophet, if somebody will kill him, I will give that person a prize of US$100,000," Mr Bilour said, urging others to shower the killer with cash and gold.