- Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmad Bilour’s reward is said to be disassociated from Pakistani government
- Californian filmmaker Nakoula Basseley Nakoula has since gone into hiding along with his family
PUBLISHED: 21:56 GMT, 22 September 2012 | UPDATED: 11:26 GMT, 23 September 2012
A Pakistani minister has offered $100,000 to anyone who kills the maker of the online anti-Islam video that has launched deadly protests across parts of the Muslim world.
‘I announce today that this blasphemer, this sinner who has spoken nonsense about the holy Prophet, anyone who murders him, I will reward him with $100,000,’ Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmad Bilour told a news conference on Saturday, to applause.
‘I invite the Taliban brothers and the al Qaeda brothers to join me in this blessed mission.’
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Reward: Pakistan’s Railway Minister Haji Ghulam Ahmad Bilour, center, has announced a $100,000 bounty on the head of a California filmmaker who created an anti-Muslim film (file photo)
A spokesman for Pakistan’s prime minister said the government disassociated itself from the minister’s statement.
While many Muslim countries saw mostly peaceful protests on Friday, fifteen people were killed in Pakistan during demonstrations over the video.
People involved in the film titled ‘Innocence of Muslims,’ an amateurish 13-minute clip of which was posted on YouTube, have said it was made by a 55-year-old California man, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula.
Nakoula has not returned to his home in the Los Angeles suburb of Cerritos since leaving voluntarily to be interviewed by federal authorities. His family has since gone into hiding.
In hiding: Filmmaker Nakoula Basseley Nakoula is seen covered while escorted out of his home by police in California earlier this month while the man and his family have since gone into hiding