Afghan ulama offers cash for death of film producer

AFGHANISTAN ( – An Afghan ulama has offered rewards totaling $400,000 for anyone killing the producer of a U.S.-made anti-Islam film and a French cartoonist who drew caricatures of the Muslim prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him).

“I have offered $300,000 to anyone who kills the anti-Islam film producer and $100,000 for killing the French cartoonist,” Mir Faroq Husaini, a prominent ulama in the western province of Herat, told AFP Sunday (7/10/2012). 

Husaini said he had first announced the reward during a sermon on Friday in a large mosque in the city.

“I will sell all my properties, including my lands in Herat, to collect the money,” he said.

The “Innocence of Muslims”, a crudely made film that mocks Islam, triggered violent protests in at least 20 countries including Afghanistan after excerpts were posted online last month.

Immediately after the film gained notoriety, French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo published cartoons caricaturing the Holy Prophet.

A Pakistani government minister last month placed a $100,000 bounty on the head of the maker of the film.

Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmed Bilour also called on the Taliban and al-Qaeda to join the hunt and help accomplish the noble deed. (siraaj/afp/


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