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Pakistani minister offers bounty for death of the "innocence of muslims" film-maker
A Pakistani cabinet minister offered a £61600 bounty for the murder of the American maker of a film deemed offensive to the Prophet Muhammad. The $100000 bounty offer made on Saturday came a day after violent protests across Pakistan against the offending film, in which at least 22 people were killed and some 200 injured in clashes with the police. "Whomsoever can kill the blasphemer will be covered in dollar bills by me," the federal minister for railways, Ghulam Ahmed Bilour, told a press conference in the northern city of Peshawar, where the worst of Friday's riots took place. A cinema owned by Mr Bilour was among many commercial properties set on fire there by a protesting mob. Mr Bilour is a member of the Awami National Party (ANP), a secular Pashtun nationalist party based in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province that is a key ally of President Asif Ali Zardari's Pakistan People's Party (PPP). Bilour said his decision to offer the bounty for Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the maker of the amateur film "The innocence of Muslims", was purely a personal one, and had nothing to do with either his party or the government.