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US, EU criticise Pak minister for bounty on anti-Islam film
Publication Date : 25-09-2012
The United States and the European Union slammed Pakistan's Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmad Bilour for offering a bounty for killing the producer of an anti-Islam film, as Islamabad disassociated itself from the offer.
Calling the minister’s offer as “inflammatory and inappropriate”, a US State Department statement said: “There could be no justification for violence and it is important for responsible leaders to stand up and speak out against violence.”
In Brussels, the European Union issued a similar statement, saying: “We deplore the call for a bounty.”
Michael Mann, spokesman for EU foreign affairs head Catherine Ashton, said: “We are particularly concerned that this call should come from a member of the government even if the prime minister has dissociated himself from the remarks.”