A Pakistan government minister has offered a $100,000 reward for anyone who kills the man who made the film.
Railway Minister Ghulam Ahmad Bilour told CNN that he has placed the bounty on the filmmaker, but made it clear that he was speaking for himself and not for the government.
CNN asked Bilour if he was concerned about condoning a crime as a government official. Bilour said, “I am a Muslim first, then a government representative.”
He also said that he’s called upon the Taliban and al Qaeda to carry out the assassination.
A spokesman for Bilour’s political party, said that his actions did not represent the Awami National Party’s belief.
“We believe in nonviolence. How could we make such announcements?” Senator Zahid Khan said.
“Our party has been fighting against militancy and extremism for years. How could we invite Taliban and al Qaeda to kill someone? Taliban and al Qaeda are our enemies who have killed our loved ones.”
“We have lots of concerns over the statement of our colleague,” Khan said.
Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has condemned the bounty offered by Bilour according to his spokesman on Sunday.
The prime minister will discuss Bilour’s actions with the head of the Awami National Party.
Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the man who is allegedly behind the anti-Islam film, has left his family home in California and is in hiding.