Update 9/24/12: The Associated Press is reporting that Pakistan is disowning the $100,000 bounty that has been placed by their Federal Railway Minister Ghulam Ahmed Bilour on the head of the filmmaker who produced the anti-Muslim film trailer “Innocence of Muslims.” :
Pakistan says an offer by one of its ministers’ of $100,000 for anyone who kills the maker of an anti-Islam film does not represent official policy.
A Pakistani foreign office statement on Monday distanced the government from the reward announcement by Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmad Bilour made on Saturday.
Pakistan’s Express Tribune is reporting that the country’s Federal Railway Minister Ghulam Ahmed Bilour declared that a $100,000 award will be given to anyone who kills the filmmaker of the anti-Muslim online movie trailer, “Innocence of Muslims.” :
Speaking to the media on Saturday, Bilour said that there was no other way to lodge a protest and instill fear among the blasphemers other than murder of the filmmaker. “I request all the rich people to bring out all their money so that the killer can be loaded with dollars and gold.”
The minister admitted of knowing that he was committing a crime by instigating people for murder, but said that he was ready to be a criminal for this cause. “If there is a case lodged against me in the international court or in this country’s court, I will ask people to hand me over to them… I want to show these countries that we will not tolerate any such things.”
He added that if he is punished, the country should not end ties with the US as this was a matter between him and his prophet.
He also commented on the burning down of a church in Mardan by protesters on the Ishq-e-Rasool Day and expressed grief over the incident. “The minorities over here, the Christians and the Hindus, they are all our brothers. They are also Pakistani.”
President Barack Obama will address the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday and his remarks will include denouncing the controversial movie trailer.