Anti-Islam film: JUI-S leader announces $200,000 bounty for filmmaker

Published: October 1, 2012

Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC) holds a protest in Peshawar on Monday against the anti-Islam film. PHOTO: MOHAMMAD IQBAL/ EXPRESS

Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC) holds a protest in Peshawar on Monday against the anti-Islam film. PHOTO: MOHAMMAD IQBAL/ EXPRESS Hafiz Mohammad Saeed (2R), Sami ul Haq (2L), and Munawar Hasan (L) lead an anti-US rally against US-made anti-Islam film and the publication of  blasphemous cartoons in France, in Peshawar on October 1, 2012. PHOTO: AFP

PESHAWAR: A former Pakistani legislator and General Secretary Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Sami (JUI-S), Ikramullah Shahid announced a $200,000 bounty for the maker of the anti-Islam film released in the US.  

Shahid made the offer at a Difa-i-Pakistan Council (DPC) rally on Monday in Peshawar.

“We will award  $200,000 to anyone who kills the filmmaker,” he said.

This offer comes after Federal Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmed Bilour earlier offer of $100,000 bounty for the filmmaker behind the disrespectful film.

Muslims across the world have held protests, both violent and peaceful, against the film demanding Google to block the video or pull it down from YouTube altogether.

At least 23 people had died during protests in Pakistan against the film.

YouTube has been blocked in Pakistan since almost three weeks because Google refused to block the video in Pakistan.

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Reader Comments (41)

  • Iron hand
    Oct 1, 2012 - 6:45PM

    Funny how this movie makes both anti-Islamic and Islamic extremists happy, and is just a non-story for everyone else.

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  • naeem khan Mnhattan,Ks
    Oct 1, 2012 - 6:57PM

    Either they are so naive or deliberately misleading the populace, how are they going to come over to the US and look for this criminal blasphemous in California and then kill him. He is already in the police custody because of his previous checking fraud and violation of probation. I would like to know which of these crazies will get US visa and travel to California, they know that this is all hot air and the money will never be paid, and where are they getting this money anyway. I wish to God that our nation pay more attention to the teachings of Islam than fall for the traps of some of these criminals in other countries. We are not hurting them but in the process killing our own and destroying the country. May God help us all if we have leaders like these.

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  • Bounty Hunter
    Oct 1, 2012 - 8:00PM

    Since it’s bounty season all around, here is my offering, 1000 bars http://candyaddict.com/blog/candyimages/bountybar_wrapped.jpg

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  • someone
    Oct 1, 2012 - 8:01PM

    Difa-e-pak (including hafiz saeed, sippah sahaba – those who call themselves ASWJ)
    are trying to copy the rally of peaceful sunni protestors under Mufti Muneebur Rahman ( the rally at 29.6.2012)Recommend

  • PakArmySoldier
    Oct 1, 2012 - 8:03PM

    Unless and until, Pakistan remains a safe haven for mullahs and extremists, we will continue to retrogress.

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  • Oct 1, 2012 - 8:08PM

    all this action make them to produce more… why not we ignoring all this, as our Holy PBUH ignored his haters at that time.

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  • Char Latan
    Oct 1, 2012 - 8:10PM

    @Iron Hand
    Funny how this movie makes both anti-Islamic and Islamic extremists happy, and is just a non-story for everyone else.

    The extreme and violent reaction to this film will simply reinforce the anti-islamic set. If a poorly made film can provoke a population into a self destruct mode by remote control, then there will be many such provocations in the future. In that sense, certain islamic leaders and government ministers are the best friends that these anti-islamics can ever have wished for.

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  • Zalmai
    Oct 1, 2012 - 8:15PM

    The three distinguished leaders pictured will do anything to get political mileage to stay relevant in the muddy waters of Pakistani politics.

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  • 1984
    Oct 1, 2012 - 8:28PM

    Last friday,a Paresh Rawal movie called “Oh My God” was released in Bollywood….After a weak opening,the collections are increasing due to the word of mouth…

    Apparently,the movie has lot of lines attacking Hindu gods…But there is demonstrations and burnings by Hindus all over India,nor is Paresh Rawal and Akshay Kumar have a bounty on their head…

    Thats called as maturity…Hope “Some” Muslims understand that

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  • Dr. A.K.Tewari
    Oct 1, 2012 - 8:31PM

    Better use this money to support the flood victims .Recommend

  • Jihad Bil-Qalam
    Oct 1, 2012 - 8:35PM

    I am wondering why these bounties are not being announced from Saudi Arab, Egypt, Iran, Turkey, Malaysia, the Gulf Emirates, etc. Are the Muslims living in those countries somehow less Muslim than us? If that is indeed the case, I would feel proud to be a Pakistani Muslim. I would be able to argue that Pakistani Muslims are the best Muslims in the world because they dare do such Islamic acts that even the Muslim Brotherhood would shy away from.

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  • Aryabhat
    Oct 1, 2012 - 8:37PM

    Govt of Pakistan to investigate (if it has any power against mob like DPC) how and from where DPC got 200000 USD!!

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  • Positive Pakistani
    Oct 1, 2012 - 8:44PM

    so the bounty bid starts now….:)

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  • unbeliever
    Oct 1, 2012 - 9:07PM

    they are announcing the bounty because they know that they are not required to pay it, as there is quite feeble chance that the man will ever be murdered.

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  • Enlightened
    Oct 1, 2012 - 9:20PM

    Ayotollah Khomeini of Iran issued a fatwa in 1989 against Salman Rusdie ordering Muslims to kill him for writing a blasphemic book Satanic Verses but he is still alive today after 23 years of issue of fatwa. So, do these fanatics think that announcing of bounties is going to frighten the producer one bit, who has already achieved his objective and must be having a good laugh of creating commotion in the entire Muslim world especially in Pakistan where properties are being destroyed and people getting killed.

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  • Cautious
    Oct 1, 2012 - 9:38PM

    The “I am holier than you and am willing to kill to prove it” routine damaged the reputation of your religion and your country.

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  • Majid
    Oct 1, 2012 - 9:56PM

    Now ANP and DPC should join hands.

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  • Hello1
    Oct 1, 2012 - 10:09PM

    I wish they had the heart to announce such huge donations for flood affected people. Or is this simply a stunt to gain publicity?

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  • Butt
    Oct 1, 2012 - 10:40PM

    TTP will soon announce that Ikramullah Shahid is off their hit list.

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  • Dajjal
    Oct 1, 2012 - 11:09PM

    So he must be twice as desperate to get off Taliban’s hitlist…..

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  • ahmed risaini
    Oct 1, 2012 - 11:57PM

    Just 200000 dollars. US had 10 miilion on Osama’s head. Surely this film maker deserves higher money on his head. It will b a shame if not.

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  • Avtar
    Oct 2, 2012 - 1:01AM

    I would like to know where it is written in Koran to offer bounty for such acts. I thought the Prophet was known to forgive others for their misdeeds. Only in Pakistan such a thing happens. None of the rich Middle Eastern countries have put a bounty. This encourages more people to watch this stupid movie.

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  • Ali
    Oct 2, 2012 - 5:44AM

    As these Mullah’s and govt. officials announce these bounties, I suggest that they be fired from their jobs, arrested and finally whipped in public as punishment for trying get someone murdered. I do believe that will tell all Pakistani’s and the world that humans live in Pakistan and not a muderous, idiotic clan of people I can’t even profess to call home any longer. Also has anyone thought where these people of meagre salaries are getting their hundreds of thousands of dollars for bounties when the people of Pakistan are suffering, with not even the basics provided for? Why of course not! that does not have anything to do with our prophet does it? If we allow these mullah’s to continue and the likes of these bounty announcers to have their way, Pakistan will cease to exist OR if it does continue this will be worse than Afghanistan. Please have these evil politicians and mullah’s arrested who are destroying Pakistan and everything ISLAM stands for. This is not what our religion represents and Pakistani’s and muslims are wiser, better and far smarter to be taken by such murderous thugs.

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  • human
    Oct 2, 2012 - 8:53AM

    @Dr. A.K.Tewari:
    I agree as i was gona suggest the same thing . All these Mullahs should be giving money in their own country the flood victims need it more than this stupid bounty

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  • myrun
    Oct 2, 2012 - 9:04AM

    Let us show to the world that pakistani muslims love their rasool more than any other muslim country. We need to keep protesging till the film maker is handed over to pakistan to be lynched in public.

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  • Oct 2, 2012 - 9:09AM

    American President has to take action against culprit. Is it allow in America to play with the emotions of the followers of others religions. Y U.S. is protecting the rights of minorities. Y champions of human rights silent over this issue, Dr. AAfia SiddiqI killing, slaughtering of Burmese, killing of Kashmiries, Maoists in India. Y they re silent over killing of Palestinians?

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  • Asmat Hosaini
    Oct 2, 2012 - 9:51AM

    We protest to show that Islam is not violent religion but by offering 100, 000$ followed by 20,0, 000$ do we really we show that we belong to a peace loving and peaceful religion?

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  • Asmat Hosaini
    Oct 2, 2012 - 9:52AM

    We protest to show that Islam is not violent religion but by offering 100, 000$ followed by 20,0, 000$ do we really we show that we belong to a peace loving and peaceful religion?Recommend

  • Enlightened
    Oct 2, 2012 - 10:01AM

    @Ali:
    Most appropriate and thought provoking comments, the best so far on this forum. But unfortunately in Pakistan, true Muslims like your good-self who understand and follow the teachings of the Prophet are in minority. Clerics and militants are the one who in the name of Islam and the Holy Prophet have twisted the religious teaching to suit their own agenda and objectives are the worst offenders of teachings of Islam. As a matter of fact, supporting and conducting the acts of violence and announcing bounties is against the teachings of Islam and as such they themselves are committing blasphemy. You have rightly advised the people of Pakistan to be wiser and smarter and not get deceived by such thugs.

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  • DevilHunterX
    Oct 2, 2012 - 10:58AM

    All bounties should be taxed!

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  • black
    Oct 2, 2012 - 11:08AM

    I have a question.. If they have $200k just sitting there chilling, why can’t they have spent it on the welfare of poor & deserving people who are committing suicides? Does that makes sense?

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  • feroze
    Oct 2, 2012 - 11:42AM

    Is Pakistan the only flag bearer of Islam?????? Why isnt any other country constantly holding protests, issuing head money or the likes? Sadly all these people have nothing better to do and are unemployed, uneducated and stupid at best to think that by protesting, burning, looting and doing all these thing to our own country is going to make America of the West change their laws about freedom of speech!!

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  • DevilHunterX
    Oct 2, 2012 - 11:44AM

    All Bounties should have be heavily taxed as well.

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  • SS
    Oct 2, 2012 - 12:12PM

    Funny….if he loves prophet so much then why don’t he travel himself to US and carry out the crime instead of offering the Bounty to someone’s father or Son to do the sin.
    I am sure both Ikramullah and Bilour will have no problem in getting the US visa since both are and were part of the Govt.
    GROW UP PAKISTANIS!

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  • SS
    Oct 2, 2012 - 12:14PM

    Wow..they have so much money! They can help millions of Flood victims with $300,000.
    GROW UP PAKISTANIS!

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  • R.A
    Oct 2, 2012 - 2:22PM

    Why these leaders dont do the job themselves
    and keep the money

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  • Soh!
    Oct 2, 2012 - 2:37PM

    $100,000/-
    $200,000/-
    $300,000/-, anyone?

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  • Shahid Butt
    Oct 2, 2012 - 7:31PM

    @Dr. A.K.Tewari:
    I agree 100%

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  • Zohaib
    Oct 2, 2012 - 8:08PM

    We would be holding exhibition arround the world on “Life of Muhammad (PBUH)” to educate the world about prophet of Islam as our response to this Anti-Islam film. One of such exhibition will be held in the same city where the producer lived. Thats how Muslim arround the world should respond.

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  • Pakistani Pashtoon
    Oct 2, 2012 - 10:58PM

    these are all innocent madrassa students nd sami ul haq should be immediately for brain washing the childrens

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  • Pukhtoon
    Oct 3, 2012 - 1:33AM

    You have the right to express your thoughts but not beyond the ambit of law and constitution. Your leaders have been the champion of the rule of law if you don’t agree with them it is better to leave the party and make another one as you claim all the people are supporting you. You can chose one among the existing parties. Although some are banned but no matter you have the courage to say things in press conference.

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