Islamabad: The Pakistan government today made it clear that one of its minister's offer of a bounty of USD 100,000 for the maker of an anti-Islam film did not represent official policy but did not say whether any action would be taken against him.
Foreign Office spokesman Moazzam Khan said Railway Minister Ghulam Ahmed Bilour's announcement of a bounty for the maker of the offensive anti-Islam film "was representative of Mr Bilour's personal views and had nothing to do with the official policy of the government of Pakistan".
Bilour's statement did not represent official policy, Khan said in a brief statement. The statement did not say whether any action would be taken against Bilour, who had called on Taliban and al-Qaeda to help in the "noble cause" of killing the film's maker.
The minister, who belongs to the secular Awami National Party, triggered a storm on Saturday by announcing the bounty during a news conference in the northwestern city of Peshawar. He repeated his offer while speaking on a TV news channel and did not change his position despite criticism from other leaders of his own party....more
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