PESHAWAR: A hardline cleric has offered a reward to anyone who kills a Christian woman convicted of blasphemy against Islam.
Maulana Yousef Qureshi made the announcement Friday at a rally in Peshawar. He said his mosque would give $6,000 to the person who kills Aasia Bibi.
Bibi was sentenced Nov. 8 to hang for insulting Islam's Prophet Mohammad (PBUH). She and her family say the charge is baseless.
Her case has attracted international attention and a personal appeal from Pope Benedict XVI for her freedom, while government officials have talked about the possibility of a presidential pardon.
Bibi is currently in jail. Authorities were not immediately available for comment on Qureshi's announcement.