government of Pakistan has condemned a minister for his offer of a
reward for the death of the US-based producer believed to be behind an
distancing comes after Ghulam Ahmed Bilour, the federal railways
minister, offered a $100,000 bounty for the death of the
California-based maker of the video on Saturday.Bilour also invited members of the Taliban and al-Qaeda to take part in what he called 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,"
Al Jazeera's Kamal Hyder, reporting from Islamabad, said
that Bilour was likely acting on his own and his bounty offer should
not be taken as an official government action."Let's not forget that this is a minister that has destroyed the Pakistani railways," Hyder said.Bilour is considered by some in Pakistan to be partially responsible for the deteriorating situation of the country's railways.The
producer of the film, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, is reportedly a
55-year-old Egyptian Copt and convicted fraudster, out on parole, who
lives in Los Angeles.
Bilour's announcement came after more than 5,000 protesters,
including hundreds of women, marched towards the parliament in
Islamabad, chanting: "We love our Holy Prophet" and "Punishment for
those who humiliated our Prophet."
About 500 people from the group Jamaat-ud-Dawa also staged a protest
in front of the US consulate in the eastern city of Lahore, chanting:
"The US deserves only one remedy - jihad, jihad."
The protests were peaceful, in contrast to the previous day's demonstrations.
Religious groups said they were also planning demonstrations in
Karachi, the scene of the worst violence on Friday, after the funerals
of some of the more than 20 people killed in that day's protests.Outrage continues
Authorities in Bangladesh on Saturday fired tear gas to disperse
hundreds of protesters who defied a ban on demonstrations against the
film, which was made in the US.
The clash erupted after the protesters from an alliance of 12
Islamist parties tried to hold a rally in central Dhaka despite a
24-hour ban on gathers in the area, Dhaka police spokesman Masudur
Rahman told the AFP news agency.
"They defied our ban and tried to stage a protest against the
anti-Islam film. At one stage, they started pelting stones at
policemen," he said, adding that police arrested several people
including some leaders of the group.
In Nigeria, thousands of people have gathered to demonstrate against the video in the northern city of Kano.
They called on the US to stop insulting Muslims and chanted "Death to
America, death to Israel and death to the enemies of Islam."
Police were deployed to the rally, which was organised by the Islamic
Movement of Nigeria, a pro-Iranian group that adheres to the Shia
branch of Islam.
The low budget film, "Innocence of Muslims," has incited a wave of bloody anti-US violence in cities in more than 20 countries.
"We are out today to express our rage and disapproval over this
blasphemous film," Muhamad Turi, a protest leader and member of the
"This protest is also aimed at calling on the US government to put a halt to further blasphemy against Islam."
Demonstrators carried pictures of US President Barack Obama, as well
as American and Israeli flags as they marched towards a palace owned by
the Emir of Kano, the top religious figure in the city of roughly 4.5
Others were seen waving Iranian flags.Kashmir school
Hundreds of burqa-clad young girls in Srinagar city of India's
northern Jammu and Kashmir state lambasted the film, shouting slogans
against the US and the film's maker.
The protest was held inside a primary school, where girls wearing
black, white or green burqas held placards and banners, shouted slogans
in praise of the Prophet Mohammad and against the US.
"This movie that has been made is outrageous and intolerable," said Firdousa, one of the protesters.
Anger has also been stoked by the publication in a French magazine of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.
French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday published
cartoons portraying Muhammad naked, further fuelling earlier protests.
About 500 Palestinians on Saturday staged what banners proclaimed a
"Festival of the followers of Muhammad" in east Jerusalem in protest
against the French cartoons and the anti-Islam film.
Police did not intervene in the rally, which included a marching band, according to an AFP journalist.