‘I announce today that this blasphemer, this sinner who has spoken nonsense about the holy Prophet, anyone who murders him, I will reward him with $100, 000,’ Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmad Bilour told a news conference on Saturday, to applause.
‘I invite the Taliban brothers and the al Qaeda brothers to join me in this blessed mission.’
A spokesman for Pakistan’s prime minister said the government disassociated itself from the minister’s statement.
While many Muslim countries saw mostly peaceful protests on Friday, fifteen people were killed in Pakistan during demonstrations over the video.
People involved in the film titled ‘Innocence of Muslims,’ an amateurish 13-minute clip of which was posted on YouTube, have said it was made by a 55-year-old California man, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula.
Nakoula has not returned to his home in the Los Angeles suburb of Cerritos since leaving voluntarily to be interviewed by federal authorities. His family has since gone into hiding.