Bilour offers bounty for Charlie Hebdo owner

Published: February 3, 2015
Haji Ghulam Ahmed Bilour. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Haji Ghulam Ahmed Bilour. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

ISLAMABAD: A federal lawmaker from the Awami National Party (ANP), who had offered head money for the maker of an anti-Islam movie, has announced a $200,000 bounty for the owner of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo that published blasphemous caricatures.

In 2012, MNA Haji Ghulam Ahmed Bilour had announced a $100,000 reward for anyone who killed the filmmaker of ‘Innocence of Muslims’, a sacrilegious movie that had triggered condemnation from Muslims across the world.

Speaking on the floor of the National Assembly on Monday, Bilour also announced a $100,000 compensation for the families of those killed during the deadly attack on Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris last month. “I had already declared that I will not tolerate any attack on the sanctity of the Holy Prophet (pbuh),” said Bilour.

Earlier during the proceedings, the lawmakers unanimously passed a resolution condemning Friday’s suicide blast at Karbala-e-Moalla Imambargah in Shikarpur district of Sindh which claimed the lives of 60 people.

The resolution was moved by Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Riaz Hussain Pirzada amid severe criticism by the lawmakers over the ‘insensitive attitude’ shown by the prime minister and his cabinet ministers after the tragedy.

The house denounced all acts of terrorism and urged the government to intensify its efforts in achieving the goals set in the National Action Plan in order to eliminate the scourge of terrorism from the country.

The house, summoned to discuss the recent petrol crisis in Punjab, had to turn its focus on the Shikarpur incident after the PPP sought a debate on the tragedy.

Leader of the opposition Syed Khurshid Shah criticised the prime minister and his cabinet members for not visiting Shikarpur despite being present in Karachi on that day. “The whole cabinet had rushed to Peshawar after the APS attack but showed complete apathy to the Shikarpur tragedy.”

He also took strong exception to the ‘non-seriousness of ministers’ at the front row who were busy talking and laughing when he was speaking, which prompted the PPP lawmakers to shout ‘shame, shame’.

“This is the level of seriousness that 60 lives perished in Shikarpur and they are laughing here in the house,” Shah said after which pin-drop silence enveloped the treasury benches during the remaining part of his speech.

While responding to the questions raised by MNAs, Safron Minister Lt Gen (retd) Abdul Qadir Baloch said: “We should be ready for such incidents as terrorists might strike due to the military action launched against them”.

He said the federal government was providing every kind of assistance to the provinces to fight terrorism and is ready to do more. “There is a need for intelligence sharing and cooperation between the provincial and federal governments. There is also need to de-politicise the law enforcement agencies to maintain peace in the country,” he added.

JUI-F’s Maulana Amir Zaman also criticised the government over its ‘insensitive attitude’.

MQM’s Saman Sultana Jaffri, while condemning the Shikarpur incident, said unless the mindset fanning terrorism is eliminated all efforts will prove futile. Jamaat-e-Islami’s Sahibzada Tariqullah demanded a judicial inquiry into the incident.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 3rd, 2015.

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  • Raj - USA
    Feb 3, 2015 - 10:44AM

    I recall, he offered $100,000 bounty on US President Obama also. Yet, Pakistanis wonder why Obama did not visit Pakistan.


  • doom
    Feb 3, 2015 - 11:08AM

    Sooo, can any one offer head money then? Because I would like to offer head money for certain someones. Because I can’t tolerate idiots. Apparently it is entirely legal. Yay.


  • Common Pakistani
    Feb 3, 2015 - 11:09AM

    Keep up the good work and properly isolate our country from rest of the world.


  • abreez
    Feb 3, 2015 - 11:13AM

    Haji sahib, this is not enough you should give one month income of your share of $300,000,000,000 trade.


  • Javed Shahid
    Feb 3, 2015 - 11:17AM

    This shows the real picture of the so called liberal ‘ANP’. They want to legalize killings.


  • Iqbal
    Feb 3, 2015 - 11:43AM

    His name should be given to France so they take him away from Pakistan.


  • Prakash
    Feb 3, 2015 - 11:46AM

    To show seriousness of the offer, I suggest he put up the money in an escrow account, with strict instructions to the bank to release the money only to the successful winner! Else I don’t see why anyone should trust him.


  • Feb 3, 2015 - 11:50AM

    Should be arrested by the state immediately!


  • Feb 3, 2015 - 11:53AM

    @Raj – USA:
    You can keep wondering. He is a deranged politician. Just like your Modi.


  • jagmohan
    Feb 3, 2015 - 12:55PM

    Such big statements are hollow political outbursts.He seems to be a rich philanthropist, his
    first duty must be towards poor victims’ families who lost their loved ones while offering
    their namaz in Shikarpur mosque.He must deposit at least 50 per cent of the amount
    announced for the head of owner of Charlie Hebdo magazine, and that distributed to families
    of victims.Hope he knows charity begins from home, moreover he may have peace from
    the revenge fully taken.


  • Jawad U Rahman
    Feb 3, 2015 - 1:03PM

    Irony all around in this news. After the speech by the former minister encouraging people to take the law into their own hands, the National Assembly voted to condemn those who took the law into their own hands in Shikarpur.


  • Poor
    Feb 3, 2015 - 1:04PM

    Mr. Bilour how about give this money to someone sleeping on the streets with no shelter in this cold?


  • wasim
    Feb 3, 2015 - 1:26PM

    this man was always a fascist
    he gained sympathies due to unfortunate death of his brother
    ghulam bilour also destroyed railways


  • Pakistani
    Feb 3, 2015 - 1:46PM

    There should be a bounty on Bilour after his performance as Railway Minister.


  • Kazmis
    Feb 3, 2015 - 1:48PM

    Very Bad, every one is hungry for blood, by one context or other.


  • Aakashvaani
    Feb 3, 2015 - 2:13PM

    Its hard to believe that this country survives due to international handouts and USAID yet they have money to offer rewards for murders and terrorism. Just unreal.


  • ajeet
    Feb 3, 2015 - 2:17PM

    A drone with a bounty on his head is the solution.


  • Rex Minor
    Feb 3, 2015 - 2:19PM

    @Raj – USA:
    Is it a blessing or a curse that mr Obama went to India and not Pakistan?

    Rex Minor


  • Indian
    Feb 3, 2015 - 2:22PM

    don’t compare your shameless politician to visionaries like modi . compare him with direct action jinnah.


  • TooTrue
    Feb 3, 2015 - 2:27PM

    Since we have an open season on bounties, may I suggest one for the head of Qadri to be served up on a silver platter? Who’ll start the bidding with a 100K?


  • Feb 3, 2015 - 2:36PM

    Its time for a few U.S. Congressmen to offer a bounty on MNA Haji Ghulam Ahmed Bilour and other of his fellow countrymen politicians


  • Chachoo
    Feb 3, 2015 - 2:53PM

    This is the Face of One So called Nationalist Secular party from KP. I wonder what Religious extremist parties would look like?. Somedays ago a Church was attack in KP. Imagine Some Christian country putting a bounty on KP politicians for burning Bibles and effigy of Jesus ( PBUH ) in that Church.?


  • Zahid
    Feb 3, 2015 - 2:56PM

    According to a statement of assets and liabilities filed with the Election Commission in June last year, the value of Mr Bilour’s moveable and immovable assets stands at Rs39,155,588 (39.15 million) ($387,679). If he has to pay all the three bounties, Mr Bilour will be left with just $87,679.


  • Khan
    Feb 3, 2015 - 3:05PM

    This he is doing in personal capacity; nothing to do with party. When Church was burnt in KP, ANP condemned it and rebuilt it. Minorities in KPK have more trust in ANP than the pro-Taliban PTI.


  • Pakistani
    Feb 3, 2015 - 3:05PM

    I guess thats one way to get (cheap) publicity.

    Has this guy done anything positive for Pakistan while he was in Government, alleviated poverty, improved law and order, reduced corruption, made the railways more efficient?

    Sorry Mr Bilour, I stand with the people of France who were victims of a horrific terror attack, and the rule of law!


  • Pakistani
    Feb 3, 2015 - 3:14PM


    Thank you for pointing this out.

    FBR / NAB where are you ???????????


  • Pakistani 2
    Feb 3, 2015 - 3:50PM

    Compare Modi with Jinnah???!! Did you skip your medication or are you under some kind of experimental drug treatment? If not, then you should be.


  • sharabi
    Feb 3, 2015 - 5:10PM

    He has been elected by people of India & “PRIME MINISTER OF REPUBLIC OF INDIA”
    Haven’t your country received Biilion Rupees in Aid Beggar?


  • Whiskey Khan
    Feb 3, 2015 - 6:10PM

    He gets a Salary to be an international Jester or a Joker, no wonder they are so backward


  • Sophia
    Feb 3, 2015 - 6:50PM

    I am speechless at the mindset of this politician. Ya Allah, give him good sense. It’s best to protest peacefully on international level. There should have been OIC meeting and the protest should’ve been lodged in a human manner. Why doesn’t he spend that much money on poor ppl of Pakistan who are affected by the terrorism?


  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Feb 3, 2015 - 7:47PM

    Haji’s nonsense is to please Taliban who are after him.


  • Rumormonger
    Feb 3, 2015 - 7:59PM

    Declaring bounties in the NAtional Assembly ! Hope the proceedings were deleted. This is ghair parlimani.


  • FF
    Feb 4, 2015 - 3:21AM

    Step 1: File International Legal Action Against This Idiot
    Step 2: Ensure He Will Never Set Foot in a Civilized Country Again
    Step 3: Allow him to rot

    If you are looking for an “international conspiracy to keep Pakistan out of the world stage because we will rise and become very important” then stop and start thinking about what needs to be fixed INSIDE Pakistan to allow you to rise to the top first. It is tolerating this kind of idiocy that makes Pakistan incompatible to get anywhere on the world stage.


  • T.
    Feb 4, 2015 - 3:45AM

    How can we have law makers like this .? The whole country should be criticising his statements – if this is not extremism what is.


  • Javelin
    Feb 4, 2015 - 5:08PM

    In my opinion Islam has to reform itself in order to exclude this kind of crude aberration.
    In its current setting one cannot really say it is incorrect to kill someone who commits blasphemy, or apostasy, so on and so forth…


  • Lord of the Ring
    Feb 4, 2015 - 7:02PM

    Mr. Corrupt Bilour first return the looted billions that you made by destroying Pakistan Railway then stage these dramas at your own pocket


  • woody
    Feb 5, 2015 - 1:03AM

    If Pakistan is serious about controlling religious extremism/terrorism then toss this guy in jail – paying people to execute others is against the law in every civilized country.


  • Sara
    Feb 5, 2015 - 6:34AM

    I think this money can be spend for the betterment of social needs of the unprivileged people.

    I wonder why does Bilour keeps this money aside for unreasonable and shallow proposals.


  • Shame on Bilour
    Feb 5, 2015 - 4:21PM

    Ask him “Talban put bounty on his brother (Bashir Bilour Shaeed) to kill him, because he was not accepting their definition of Islam was correct? under your radiology.


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