PESHAWAR, Sept 28: After offering a bounty of $100,000 for the killing of the US maker of an anti-Islam film, Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmad Bilour on Friday announced to put a bounty on the heads of the future blasphemers, too.

Addressing a public meeting here at the historical Mahabat Khan Mosque after Friday prayers, he said he stood by his words on bounty offer.

“I don’t care for ban on my entry to any country, including UK, over the bounty offer,” he said.

The minister said he didn’t want to take up confrontation with any religion or country but wanted to make it quite clear that if the US and UK made laws against blasphemy, it would save the world from terrorism.

He said neither the prime minister had sought his resignation as a minister nor had his party (Awami National Party) issued him any show cause notice over the bounty offer.

Mr Bilour said removal of his name by Pakistan Tehrik-i-Taliban from its hit-list was not a big news for him as he knew one’s life and death was controlled by Almighty Allah.

“Neither the Taliban can kill me nor can they save me from being killed,” he said.

The minister said love for Prophet Mohammad (Peace Be Upon Him) was very great thing and as a small political worker, he considered the bounty offer an honour for himself. He said the US had not right to complain against him if it didn’t take action against the blasphemer.

Mr Bilour visited the mosque at the invitation of the mosque’s administration.

On arrival, he was given a warm welcome as people showered rose petals on him shouting slogans in his favour.On the occasion, Aalmi Khatm-i-Naboowat Movement announced to honour Mr Bilour over the bounty offer and said a medal would given to him in the imminent ‘Hurmat-i-Rasool Conference’. —Bureau Report


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