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ANP disowns film-maker bounty


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Awami National Party (ANP) leader Senator Zahid Khan. — File Photo

PESHAWAR: Awami National Party (ANP) on Monday distanced itself from a reward offered by one of its ministers for the death of a film-maker who produced an anti-Islam film.

The Awami National Party (ANP), which is part of the ruling coalition, said it rejected the $100,000 bounty offered by Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmed Bilour to anyone who killed the person behind the “Innocence of Muslims” film.

Bilour invited members of the Taliban and al Qaeda to take part in the “noble deed”, and said given the chance he would personally kill the maker of the movie, which has sparked furious protests across the Muslim world.

“The statement given by Mr Bilour has been rejected by the party because we believe in non-violence and our party is known for that,” ANP spokesman Senator Zahid Khan told AFP.

“This kind of thing is beyond our imagination because it will end the difference between ANP and extremists.”

Consultations on the matter were in progress, Khan said, but they were being hampered because party leader Asfandyar Wali Khan has gone to the United States to take part in the UN General Assembly.

The federal government on Sunday rejected the reward, which Bilour announced a day after nationwide Friday protests against the film descended into violence and looting which left 21 dead and more than 200 injured.

The US State Department also weighed in on Sunday, with an official calling Bilour's remarks “inflammatory and inappropriate”.

Comments (16) Closed

Shakeel Ahmad Khan Laevanay Sep 24, 2012 04:33pm
Will this honorable member of Parliment also return the moneys he stole from the public?
Gerry D'Cunha Sep 24, 2012 10:17am
efaz: my friend, this is pakistan, it doesn't happen as you think. in pakistan its just the opposite, he will also win the next election for his bold statement.
efaz Sep 24, 2012 09:48am
This guy needs to be taken out of the ministry position.
Khalid Sep 24, 2012 09:36am
How he has made us all look like terrorists. Shame shame shame
Faisal Sep 24, 2012 06:40pm
Dear Anwar, being a muslim, you must know that what is the penalty to the blasphemer. You people have sympathy for that film maker keeping aside the religion. I am also wondering that why there is chaos in our society regarding the statement of bilour. When the americans announce the head money of the Pakistani Nationals, then where are you and the so called human rights activists? Take care and think......
Haider Sep 24, 2012 08:11am
Some sanity at last
Mansoor Sep 24, 2012 10:18am
These idiots continue to be part of the ruling party whose only purpose is loot khasoot. In his tenure I think one has seen the largest amount of accidents and complete breakdown of railways. Please would somebody get rid of this government before it completely destroys what is little is left. I will put a bounty of USd 100,000/ for that.
hamid Shafiq Sep 24, 2012 10:06am
great courage and democratic with non violance
Reader Sep 24, 2012 08:09am
The ANP minister should be kicked out of the party for expressing such radical views especially seeking help from the Taliban & Al-Qaida. He belongs to ANP thus we all assume is representing his party's views unless he had made it clear at the start of the statement that they are his personal views. We all want to know as to how this politician can afford this reward from his own poocket. Perhaps an investigation is required as to where he got this money?
arcane Sep 24, 2012 08:46am
distanced itself? What is that? he is still a Federal Minister and Member of ANP.
Eyes Wide Shut Sep 24, 2012 10:04am
Mr.Bilour why don't you do this noble deed yourself?
Secular Pakistan Sep 24, 2012 12:12pm
Ask Bilour to take his statement back and apologize to the nation for speaking so irresponsibly. Then take the $100,000 (I doubt he has any set aside) to rebuild a school that was destroyed by the extremists aka Taliban.
Akhlesh Sep 24, 2012 08:40am
How about dismissing Bilour from his ministerial position?
Anwer Khan Sep 24, 2012 12:47pm
i am presently abroad and when i heard the news on BBC, I wondered if our government's ineptness has any limits. Shame on the government for putting such a brainless person in an important position of Minister of railways. Adil Anwer khan
Jamil Sep 24, 2012 09:58am
What a shame that Mr. Bilour is still a minister. Some of us used to respect ANP for the party's secular and non-violent views. Not any more, it seems.
Israr Sep 24, 2012 09:37am
I will take even this statement as a breath of fresh air. Thanks you, Senator, for having the courage and the sense. Some practical reprimand of Mr Bilour would have been the best way to go but it seems he enjoys some kind of immunity for being in the office after what he has done with our social and economic heritage also known as Pakistan Railways.