PESHAWAR: Federal Minister for Railways Ghulam Ahmed Bilour said on Friday that it did not matter to him if the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) had removed his name from their hit list because “death is in the hands of God and will occur in any case”.
TTP on Wednesday had said they have removed Bilour from their hit list after he offered $100,000 for the death of a filmmaker who produced an anti-Islam movie.
Speaking to the media in Peshawar, Bilour said, “So what if the Taliban have removed my name from their hit list? I can also die of a heart attack.”
When asked if the Awami National Party will ask him to retract the bounty offer, the minister said he expected that the party “will not do so”, adding that he will attend party meetings whenever he is summoned.
“I gave the statement because of the love of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) I have in my heart – I don’t mind people agreeing or disagreeing with me,” said Bilour while responding to a question regarding his brother, Bashir Ahmed Bilour’s disagreement with his statement.
Railways minister Ghulam Ahmed Bilour sparked international condemnation when he offered the blood money and urged the Taliban and al Qaeda to carry out what he called the “noble deed”.
The Pakistan government and Bilour’s own party have distanced themselves from the reward for the killing of the person behind the crudely-made “Innocence of Muslims”, which has sparked violent protests across the Islamic world.