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Bounty on anti-Islam filmmaker earns Pak minister 'forgiveness' from Taliban

Peshawar, Thu, 27 Sep 2012 ANI

Peshawar, Sep. 27 (ANI): Pakistan Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmed Bilour, who sparked off international condemnation after offering a bounty for killing the maker of the anti-Islam film, has earned the "forgiveness" of the Taliban.

"We have totally forgiven him and removed his name from our hit-list," The Express Tribune quoted Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan, as saying.

Bilour had announced a 100,000 dollar bounty for the death of the filmmaker, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, and urged the Taliban and Al-Qaeda to carry out what he called the "noble deed".

Ehsan said the Taliban Shura, a top consultative body has "praised Bilour for his sacrifice for the cause of Islam".

"The Shura paid rich tributes to Bilour and endorsed his bounty announcement," he added.

Since the government and Bilour's own party, Awami National Party (ANP), have distanced themselves from the bounty offer, Ehsan said they would continue to target other ANP leaders.

Ehsan also appealed to the rich people in Pakistan and across Muslim world to follow in Bilour's footsteps and announce head money for the maker of the 'sacrilegious movie'.

"I expressed my personal view and faith. I stand by my declaration. My faith is non-violent, but I cannot forgive and tolerate (this insult)," 72-year-old Bilour, had said.

The U.S. termed Bilour's reward offer as "inflammatory and inappropriate", while the European Union said it deplored it.

Bilour said he was surprised by the outrage. (ANI)

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