Pakistan Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmad Bilour is at the centre of the latest row related to the anti Muslim film, The Innocence of Muslims. In the last couple of weeks protests around the World, notably in the Middle East, have led to violent disorder and deaths. US embassies around the World are on high alert but the mobs' anger is not only directed at the USA. Other foreign embassies have been under attack. The anger will not abate easily.Minister Bilour's words will do nothing but pour oil on troubled waters.
He has offered a $100,000 reward to any person or persons who kill the " 'sinner who spoke nonsense about holy prophet'; and he has invited Taliban, al Qaeda 'brothers' to join him in 'blessed mission' " He is not acting in his official capacity but as a concerned individual. The Pakistan government have not sacked him from his role and are not likely to do so.
This latest twist in the saga will cause problems for President Obama. The GOP have a faltering election campaign and are jumping onto such news to bolster their hopes of winning the election. Of course if Romney where already in the White House the situation would be no easier. For now though it is shamelessly being used as campaign fodder.
Those Muslims who have tried to explain the thinking behind the reward remind us that countries such as Pakistan bear no relation to the West. It is no good saying "in the USA or UK he would be arrested for inciting murder". Pakistan is not the USA nor the UK. We should also remember that behind closed doors and out of earshot many contracts to end a person's life are signed, sealed and delivered in the West.
On September 18, 2001, George W Bush declared that Osama Bin Laden was wanted, Dead or Alive. The reward for information leading to his capture or his death was $25m. He may have been the man believed to have been behind the 9/11 attacks and other terrorist organisations but he had not stood trial. He never did. He was "taken out" by US Navy Seals in 2011.
In the West we will of course say that situation was totally different to the anti Muslim film. Well it is for us but not for ardent Muslims. We often fail to recognise that whilst for us we would possibly be prepared to die for our loved ones, in the case of devout Muslims they would die for their Prophet Mohammad. He is valued above all others in their lives.
It may be that anger at the film is being manipulated and extended by those wth a hidden agenda. Many spring to mind. The diabolical film though has certainly ruffled many feathers. 55-year-old Egyptian born, Coptic Christian, Californian man, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, is believed to the man who made this film. He is also known as Sam Bacile. He may not have acted alone. His whereabouts are now unknown and his family are in hiding.
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