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New bounty offer in Pakistan for anti-Islam filmmaker

Photo shows Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) leader Syed Munawar Hasan, Maulana Sami-ul-Haq, Jamaat-ud Dawa (JuD) leader Hafiz Saeed and others at a Difa-i-Pakistan Council (DPC) rally protesting against the US-made anti-Islam film. —Photo by INP

PESHAWAR: A former Pakistani legislator has offered a $200,000 bounty for anyone who kills the maker of a US-made anti-Islam film insulting the Holy Prophet and angering Muslims around the world.

Ikramullah Shahid made the offer at a rally Monday in the northwestern city of Peshawar, before a crowd of about 15,000 people.

The rally was led by the Difa-i-Pakistan Council (DPC), an umbrella organisation of right-wing Islamic parties and jihadist outfits. Shahid is a member of the group.

This is the second such offer made by someone in Pakistan. Federal Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmed Bilour earlier offered $100,000 for the man behind the disrespectful film.

Outraged Muslims have rallied against the film. At least 23 people have died in protests in Pakistan against the film.

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Oct 01, 2012 10:51pm
This is all for political reasons, all they want is popularity. Also, they need someone other than themselves to point a finger at.
Oct 02, 2012 04:22am
In Islam, blasphemy is a subject of intellectual discussion rather than a subject of physical punishment. This concept is very clear in the Quran.The Quran tells us that since ancient times God has sent prophets in succession to every town and every community. It says, moreover, that the contemporaries of all of these prophets adopted a negative attitude towards them. There are more than 200 verses in the Quran, which reveal that the contemporaries of the prophets repeatedly perpetrated the same act, which is now called 'blasphemy or abuse of the Prophet' or 'using abusive language about the Prophet'. Prophets, down the ages, have been mocked and abused by their contemporaries (36:30); some of the epithets cited in the Quran include "a liar" (40:24), "possessed" (15:6), "a fabricator" (16:101), "a foolish man" (7:66). The Quran mentions these words of abuse used by prophets' contemporaries but nowhere does the Quran prescribe the punishment of lashes, or death, or any other physical punishment. This clearly shows that 'abuse of the Prophet' is not a subject of punishment, but is rather a subject of peaceful admonishment. That is, one who is guilty of abusing the Prophet should not have corporal punishment meted out to him: he should rather be given sound arguments in order to address his mind. In other words, peaceful persuasion should be used to reform the person concerned rather than trying to punish him.
Oct 01, 2012 06:27pm
when U S can place bounty on our people , why can't we.
Oct 01, 2012 06:31pm
Before announcing these bounty amounts, they should keep that amount as a security deposit.
Oct 01, 2012 06:25pm
It now beginning to show how wealthy all these religious leaders are and they still have no consideration for the poor people.
kamran Qureshi
Oct 01, 2012 03:37pm
Great Job! May Allah always increase your wealth and fame and put barkat and keep you under his mercey,Ameen,
Abdullah Hussain
Oct 01, 2012 02:11pm
These offers a valid & justified. The American govt has till date not taken any action to address 1.6 billion Muslims concern and agony over the infidel's attempt to insult Islam. Head money is no new thing, countries are offering such bounties to get what they want. Muslim's plight is legitimate.
Oct 01, 2012 09:51pm
agree anger,voilence,and force does not solve problems.
Oct 01, 2012 09:48pm
Hello The same legislator can offer roti,kapada,and makan to suffering poor pakistanis.
Oct 01, 2012 02:18pm
Pakistan! Look at Libya. Hundreds turn in their guns. Earlier, many militants were driven out of their hiding places by the PEOPLE! They may dislike America, but they dislike taking over another country's embsassy more and their country mattters more to them than fighting one another. A Libyan citizen said something wonderful. "The Nation is built by knowledge, not by guns."
armani agatha
Oct 01, 2012 01:40pm
If u give me some money , I will start my own business and will give employment to many . It will be a good service to mankind.
Ahsan Nabi Khan
Oct 02, 2012 02:29am
I welcome your humane concern for our minorities. Protecting minorities is the responsibility of a so-called Islamic state. Dont worry. As the old saying goes, when everybody leaves you, there you see God.
Jamshed Khan
Oct 01, 2012 06:03pm
Here is my point. What is the real possibility of someone killing the film-maker, leaving the US and coming to Pakistan to claim the bounty? Possibly none. So any bounties just seem to be a cheap route to popularity, which I find shameful, as they know that their money is safe.
Oct 01, 2012 11:24pm
I will appreciate if the makers, promoters and supporters of such hate and violence provoking films, cartoons and publication may understand the plight of millions of peace loving Christians, Jews and other minorities living in Muslim majority Countries, many of them living as easy target of the extremist militants and the ruthless terrorists, who are engaged in killing and destruction of their own peace loving Muslim majority, on daily basis. Those shooting their bombs of hatred and violence from their Safe Havens of thousands miles away and as such putting the millions of helpless Christians and other non Muslim minorities in harms way, and in constant fear and terror, are not less ruthless and callous than the terrorists?
Ch Taimoor
Oct 02, 2012 04:21am
It has now become fashion to offer such bounty to show love for Islam and Prophet PBUH. Why don't they send their children to Afghanistan to directly join Jehad. I wish they decide not ever to apply for the US visa in their whole life. They should also decide that no member of these religious parties will send their children to USA for study or getting settled.
Oct 02, 2012 03:54am
If the minister truly wants to work for the people, who elected him, he could use the money to provide basic services in his constituency.
Laeeq, NY
Oct 01, 2012 07:31pm
Bounties will not do any thing except more attention and media hype for the culprit. We need to clean and correct our own acts so people do not make fun of our Prophe(PBUH).
Farhan Javed
Oct 01, 2012 01:50pm
It's good. At least there is someone in Pakistan who loves his religion.
Oct 01, 2012 06:39pm
The rich Pakistani politicians have found a convenient and cheap way to get their names deleted from Taliban and Al Qaeda's hit list. Just declare USD 100,000 bounty and they all know that it is hard to carry out the job. Their money is safe and their name and assets are not on the hit list. Brilliant idea.
Oct 01, 2012 02:58pm
provide the money to poor, flood affected, earthquake affected.
Zeba Haq
Oct 01, 2012 02:34pm
Perfect group for a drone strike, would remove several main haters and trouble makers and inciters.
Oct 01, 2012 02:30pm
if they are really serious , and think it is the very thing to do , why don't they to do it themselves , rather then getting other people involved and make them killer and obviously be imprisoned , U.S.A govt. would hunt down the killer and punish like the way it should be. Mr. Bilour and Ikram ullah Shahid should understand the consequences of this act . the message to outside world is , killing is an easy decision in islam on personal will for any reason , the daily newspapers report every day. it is not the religion of peace. there is no forgiveness . also people have enough to spend on their own will but still like to borrow money from U.S.A and other monetary organizations....
Oct 01, 2012 04:22pm
good point highlighted.
Oct 01, 2012 04:18pm
I wonder where they get all this money from? Oh sorry I forgot, my taxes!
Oct 01, 2012 02:23pm
All the money they collect from poor muslims are now being used for a good cause, to kill another human being. How ironic that their followers worship them for belonging to a religion that is meant to teach compassion and peace.
Oct 01, 2012 01:51pm
If these people have so much money why can't they do something for flood affectees?
Conscious Citizen
Oct 02, 2012 12:50am
He should spend that 200 grand on showing the world real Islam and the real teachings of the Prophet like helping orphans, the poor, the injured and maimed soldiers, the families of fallen soldiers etc then paying someone to kill an illiterate man. The film maker wanted the world to believe Islam is violent and backwards and these past few weeks we have given that to him on a silver platter
gujjar hindu
Oct 02, 2012 05:21am
nobody knew about the movie, muslims did its marketing for free. i saw it and its a very bad quality trash.
Komal S
Oct 02, 2012 01:44am
Not sure i agree with this logic. There are crazy people who are looking for an excuse to attack innocent. It is a silly movie now and it would be something even more silly that would upset them. There are lots of things going to be said that will be upset some section of people. There are ways to express dis-approval,let us NOT justify these acts by lunatics.
badsha Jan
Oct 02, 2012 01:56am
Why these politicians are misusing the name of Islam and their love for our holy Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) for their political motives. If ever they were interested in the murder of that US man. They were supposed to contact the mafia organization in US, which could kill any body after getting the bounting. I am sure Bilour and the other guy are well aware of mafia but their announcements are just cosmetics claims.
Oct 02, 2012 04:26am
This bounty business is like an auction..next one will be 300000....going going...gone...