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Ghulam Ahmed Bilour, Pakistan minister, offers $100,000 bounty for anti-Islam filmmaker


Pakistani Federal Railways Minister Haji Ghulam Ahmed Bilour has offered a $100,000 bounty for the murder of the filmmaker behind anti-Islam "Innocence of Muslims."


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Ghulam Ahmed Bilour, Pakistan's railways minister, has offered a bounty of $100,000 for the death of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, calling the filmmaker's murder a "noble deed." 

"I announce today that this blasphemer who has abused the holy prophet, if somebody will kill him, I will give that person a prize of $100,000," the government official said Saturday, adding that he would give the reward from his own pocket, Al Jazeera reported

He also invited members of Al-Qaeda and the Taliban to join in on the mission to kill the American Coptic Christian whose movie trailer has ignited protests throughout the Muslim world.  

Bilour's statements come just a day after 20 Pakistanis died in violent clashes between protesters and police over Nakoula's anti-Islam film "Innocence of Muslims," BBC News reported.

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Pakistan's government spokesman denounced Bilour's comments, and said it was considering taking legal action against him, according to BBC. 

However, the minister said that he was not implicating Pakistan's government in the murder mission. 

 "I alone will bear the consequences of the blasphemer's killing including any prosecution by authorities overseas," said Bilour, the Telegraph reported. "It would be a matter between them and I." 

As if that makes a publicly announced death order for money acceptable? 

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