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PAKISTAN DISTANCES ITSELF FROM BOUNTY FOR FILMMAKER

September 24, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Ghulam Ahmad Bilou

A spokesman for the prime minister of Pakistan has told the BBC that the government “absolutely dissociated” itself from remarks made by Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmad Bilou, who offered a $100,000 to the person or persons who assassinated the maker of an anti-Islam movie. “If someone else makes other similar blasphemous material in the future, I will also pay his killers $100,000,” the minister said. “I call upon these countries and say: Yes, freedom of expression is there, but you should make laws regarding people insulting our Prophet. And if you don’t, then the future will be extremely dangerous.” He added, “I also announce that if the government hands this person over to me, my heart says I will finish him with my own hands and then they can hang me.” While condemning the statement, the government spokesman said that government leaders “are not ruling out action against him but say he will stay in his post for now.” Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the producer-director-writer of the film, Innocence of Muslims, which has sparked violent protests throughout the Middle East, is reportedly in hiding. In Washington, a State Department official told the BBC, “The president and secretary of state have both said the video at the core of this is offensive, disgusting, and reprehensible — but that is no justification for violence, and it is important for responsible leaders to stand up and speak out against violence.” Meanwhile, the conservative Breitbart.com has noted that Hollywood executives have remained silent on the death threat. “Will Hollywood denizens keep up their silence?” asked Breitbart columnist Christian Toto. “Artists don’t have to defend the film on its merits — virtually all accounts say it’s a crudely made project. What about the right to create, to mock religion, to commit your beliefs to film?”