The Straits Times
Published on Sep 23, 2012

Pakistan government distances itself from bounty on filmmaker


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.