Bounty on anti-Islam filmmaker: Pakistan govt snubs minister

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Islamabad, Sep 23: Pakistan Railway Minister Ghulam Ahmed Bilour has been cornered when the government of the country officially disassociated itself from Bilour's declared bounty on the anti-Islam filmmaker.

Issuing a press notice to all media channels, Pakistan government on Sunday, Sep 23 clarified its stand on the issue. Maintaining distance with Bilour's bounty remark, the government spokesperson said, "We disassociate ourselves from the minister's remarks."

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf's office too snubbed the railway minister after overruling any responsibility on Bilour's statement on bounty.

The minister announced a bounty of $ 100,000 on the head of the maker of an 'anti-Islam' film that has sparked violent protest in the world, especially in middle-east countries.

He also called on members of the banned Taliban and al Qaeda for their support, saying members of these organisations too will be rewarded if they eliminate the maker of the blasphemous film.

Bilour's announcement, made during a news conference in the northwestern city of Peshawar, caused consternation as he belongs to the secular Awami National Party that rules Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province and is part of the ruling coalition at the centre.

His remarks came a day after violent protests across Pakistan resulted in 23 deaths and destruction of property worth billions of rupees.

At least 30 people have died so far in unrest connected to the film in over 20 countries. More than 20 people have been killed in violent protests in Pakistan.

OneIndia News
(With PTI inputs)

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