Photo shows Pakistani Minister for Railways Haji Ghulam Ahmed Bilour.—Reuters Photo

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani government minister Ghulam Ahmed Bilour, who offered $100,000 for the death of a film-maker who produced an anti-Islam movie, stood by the bounty on Tuesday, saying it was the “only way” to stop insults to the Holy Prophet (PBUH).

Railways minister Bilour sparked international criticism when he offered the blood money, also urging Taliban and al Qaeda militants to carry out what he called the “noble deed”.

The government and Bilour’s own party, The Awam National Party, have distanced themselves from the reward for the person behind the crudely-made “Innocence of Muslims” disrespecting the Holy Prophet (PBUH) and sparking violent protests across the Muslim world.

Bilour said a businessman from Lahore has offered to put up a further $400,000 for the reward and said that freedom of speech should not be used as an excuse to insult Islam.
But Bilour insisted public opinion was behind him in Pakistan – which has seen dozens of protests against the film including nationwide rallies on Friday that ended in bloodshed and looting, with 23 people reported killed.

“I expressed my personal view and faith. I stand by my declaration,” said Bilour. “My faith is non-violent, but I cannot forgive and tolerate (this insult).”

He said a businessman from Lahore had offered to put up a further $400,000 for the reward and said that freedom of speech should not be used as an excuse to insult Islam.

“Killing is not a good way, but right now it is the only way, because no action has been taken from Western countries (against the film-maker),” he said.

The producer of the film, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, is reported to be a 55-year-old Egyptian Copt and convicted fraudster, based in Los Angeles and currently out on parole.

US reports say Nakoula wrote and produced the film, using the pseudonym Sam Bacile before being identified. Police questioned him before he went into hiding with his family.

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September 25, 2012 10:47 pm
I live in USA and now I agree with other people who says " Muslims are intolerant and very violent race"
September 25, 2012 6:59 pm
I will pray for you......
September 26, 2012 5:32 am
What kind of God does this man believe in? Think about it.
September 26, 2012 5:14 am
You don't deserve to be a minister.
September 26, 2012 2:51 am
I am totally okay with ANP but I dont like the irresponsible statement by the individual minister as the statement is already disowned by both ANP and government.
September 26, 2012 6:49 am
Incompetent Minister of Pakistan.....
September 26, 2012 2:57 am
I very humbly request the Minister to to get the railway on track also.
September 27, 2012 11:21 am
Apple and oranges...but you seem not able to tell the difference.
September 26, 2012 8:58 pm
That is the saddest part... Faith is never violent but humans are. Faith teaches love and morality more than anything.
September 27, 2012 12:21 pm
Why? Please give reasons...
September 26, 2012 2:10 am
Not a problem with his freedom of speech. Please step down from your ministerial position - relinquish your parliamentary seat. Then go out on the street with the folks you are trying to woo and say whatever you want Mr. When you hold an official position - you represent the government; that is not your personal view sir!
Joseph Cannes
September 26, 2012 4:13 am
Really!! Half a million dollars! Why dont you take that money and clean up the streets of Karachi? Educate your children. Feed the hungry. Clothe the naked. Take care of your flood victims. fix your railways. fix your power plants. Because no amount of your money will silence freedom of speech. And is your religion so fragile that some depction like this will destroy it? Or, is it your faith in your religio so shallow? BTW, you have no problems descrating other religions and other peoples belief. And why is pakistan leading this fight? You're not the keeper of Islam or as people in US calls it - Crazy Religion of Allah and Peace.
September 27, 2012 11:19 am
@Naveed: “He should pay to rebuild the church...looted and burn down” He should also pay for the Mosques burnt down and looted in the USA, Europe, and India.
September 26, 2012 3:10 am
All talk no action. Best thing would have been for OIC to get all it's members to ban Google. Once they realise billions of dollars of lost revenue this will all be resolved within days.
Afaque Ahmed Balouch
September 25, 2012 6:02 pm
heads off to you dude you rocks i am with you
September 25, 2012 7:44 pm
When is this minister going to be sacked so that pakistan can have some standing in the world. Money for the blood is not the answer. Time to grow up.
September 25, 2012 6:27 pm
where did he get the $.he should give it to charity at home and get the trains going.
September 25, 2012 5:57 pm
September 25, 2012 6:00 pm
good observation....u are right
September 26, 2012 1:58 am
true courage will be if he can run Pakistan railway ...
September 25, 2012 2:23 pm
The minister is trying to hide his incompetence to develop the railway department and to get the consideration of the people for upcoming elections. The ANP has nothing left with to attract voters, the name of the province is changed and there are no talks about Kalabagh. So this could be a potential issue to ensure his seat in the national assembly for the next 5 years. Hopefully he will succeed!
September 26, 2012 1:30 am
Please seek re-election by doing something constructive for Pakistan and not by playing with people's emotions.
ali hashim
September 25, 2012 7:15 pm
well said Bro!!
September 25, 2012 6:34 pm
wow wow super mnister..i love his offer wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.. ;
September 25, 2012 10:47 pm
I was wondering if I was the only one who read that. I am non violent unless someone does something that I don't like then they should die
September 25, 2012 6:10 pm
I love it.
September 25, 2012 6:21 pm
Bravo Pakistan. Every time someone offends you, go ahead and kill more of your own. Who cares!
September 25, 2012 6:23 pm
All power to the good Minister!
Pyarali Khoja
September 25, 2012 5:41 pm
Mr Bilour, please use this money to repair railway engines. How much income tax you have paid in last 4 years. When r u going to resign.
September 25, 2012 10:30 pm
Not when it is coming from a senior elected representative of a government to incite murder through terrorism. You have responsibilities at home and national representation globally. You may protest but with basic manners.
September 25, 2012 10:29 pm
Will the Pakistani President remove this man from his Cabinet?
Syed W. Ali
September 26, 2012 2:28 am
Bribery, corruption, and human right violations are just a few ways we Pakistani's disrespect the Prophet every living moment. And yet that is not worthy of the good minister's attention. This is just "sad".
September 27, 2012 12:44 pm
He sure has attempted to earn his place in the Here-After. At least a deposit...
September 27, 2012 12:55 pm
@Aftab: “I agree with other people who says ” Muslims are intolerant and very violent race” Please note: Muslims, and Christians, are NOT a race. Jews and most Hindus are. Also some Muslims, a very small minority, are intolerant and violent...far less than the followers of other belief systems. This becomes obvious when one reads and studies history and current evets...
Das Capital
September 27, 2012 12:59 pm
@deepak: "Cheap publicity..." $100,000=Rs.1,000,000 is not cheap in any currency, certainly not when earned in Pakistan.
September 26, 2012 6:33 pm
$400,000 is a good money the minister should first think of in investing in railways first.
September 26, 2012 8:35 pm
Cheap publicity.. incompetent leaders always try to get political mileage on the line of faith, sect, region.. Unless people are divided they will rule on the line of divide without doing anything... If you are son of the land then do something for common people.
Sue Sturgess
September 26, 2012 3:20 pm
I am not sure of movie availability in Pakistan ... but I recommend that anyone who can, watch the movie .. Lord of really poses one question ... why is it that govts who say they cannot afford education and health care ... can always afford to buy ammunitions and make war? It is always about priorities.
Sue Sturgess
September 26, 2012 3:25 pm
if someone insults you , why would you protest by destroying your own property?
September 25, 2012 9:11 pm
IN all honesty all this money could be better used to help the poor or a dozen or so other public sectors like power, agriculture heck even railways itself which aren't doing too good. It get's hard to feel patriotic at times with examples like him
love islam
September 25, 2012 9:02 pm
we are all with u mr bilour
U. Saifi
September 25, 2012 10:25 pm
I wish he would concentrate on the job he has been tasked with. On the other hand he can save the 100,000 and become a bounty hunter himself.
September 25, 2012 10:19 pm
Has the Honourable Minister and the Lahore businessman who is contributing $400,000.00 paid tax on this money or is it bribe money or public money? When people have so much money then does Pakistanis need Aid
September 26, 2012 12:33 am
I agree. Offering money to kill is definitely freedom of speech; Why not try it close to him in your own towm and see how people react?
Honest Babe
September 25, 2012 1:53 pm
"My faith is non-violent" but I want this guy killed..nice!
September 25, 2012 11:32 pm
This is ridiculous this guy insults the prophet instead of using diplomatic channels what we do is protest and kill our own people. Is that waht western countries want divide and rule. This minister instead of saying I will do my job properly fix railways puts a bounty on that idiots head. then what that guy would be killed and more protests or celebrations and more people killed. and he says my religion is non violent. Allah loves everyone and wants everyone to leave a peaceful life
Abdullah Hussain
September 25, 2012 7:46 pm
Don't mix things together.
Shan Malik
September 26, 2012 12:10 am
Do a noble thing and donate the money for welfare of women.
September 25, 2012 11:57 pm
Really? Killing someone who you don't agree with is now "Pakistani free speech"? No wonder this country is going to hell in a handbasket. Neither the minister nor you have any concept about Islamic justice and jurisprudence is about. Just because you call yourself a "Muslim" does not make you one. No wonder the Muslim world can't evolve. It's going back to the middle ages forever and it's people like you who are responsible.
September 25, 2012 3:20 pm
He should pay to rebuild the church his supporters looted and burn down, that would be a forgiving and a shining example of what Islam is all about! Should the "Western Countries" hold all the Muslim Countries responsible for this treachery like he does for the actions of single hate monger?
September 25, 2012 4:24 pm
Good observation, man..... Every one is trying to ride bandwagon.... Just incite emotions of people
September 26, 2012 1:19 am
Bilour, wow using Prophet for your political gain. Shame on you. FYI, Film maker does not live in Pakistan, He lives in USA. Can you explain how the money will be arrange for his head?
September 25, 2012 5:44 pm
Zindabad !
khan Usafzai
September 25, 2012 5:51 pm
this is Pakistani freedom of expression and freedom of speech , so have to respect now this as well
khan Usafzai
September 25, 2012 5:50 pm
this is Pakistani freedom of expression and freedom of speech , so have to respect now this as well ...
September 25, 2012 2:34 pm
I hate "ANP" but have to admire the courage of this man
Ram Narayanan
September 25, 2012 9:49 pm
Where is this man's forgiveness gene?
GH Nabi
September 25, 2012 4:44 pm
i love u minister for this great stand you have taken for the islam. i salute your courage
Vinod kapoor
September 25, 2012 1:55 pm
And how much has he offered to poor of his area since ever
September 25, 2012 6:35 pm
He should donate all his money to poor families and victims of the name of his prophet.:)
September 25, 2012 11:27 pm
100k is a huge amount.. can the minister specify where he got the savings from
sami (usa)
September 25, 2012 11:32 pm
First, let me say, I am not by any chance bothered by the silly movie. The right reaction to the movie should have been no reaction. That said, as disgusting and distasteful is his offer of reward of blood money. I have to believe that he too is entitled to freedom of speech. If what he is encouraging is carried out, he should face the consequences of his actions, under the law, just as any other person who commits such crime. He certainly will be accountable to God, and to the same prophet he is purporting to protect.
Shahid Butt
September 26, 2012 12:55 am
Looks like he is really taking stand on this issue. Please pay the tax on this $100,000. first and then put the money in the ESCROW account. Where is FBR to follow this $100000. They do not read this minister statement?
ali hashim
September 25, 2012 7:18 pm
He is a Hero.
September 25, 2012 10:37 pm
Nice to see someone can read between the lines. What a laugh,for someone claiming to be a follower of a non violent faith,and yet wants to be part of a violent act in some way.As long as Pakistan has ministers of this caliber,that country just can not progress.
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