Friday, February 17, 2006

So much offense, so little bounty

This from the Aftenposten:

Bounty on Mohammed caricaturist
A Pakistani cleric offered a 1.5 million rupee (USD 16,700) reward and a car for anyone who kills the cartoonist who drew Prophet Muhammad, while another Islamist leader was put under house detention, amid fears of more deadly demonstrations Friday.

Thousands of security forces were deployed across Pakistan to prevent unrest. Police arrested 125 protesters for violating a ban on rallies in eastern Pakistan and arrested 30 others after firing tear gas to disperse a protest in the southern city of Karachi.

Mohammed Yousaf Qureshi, prayer leader at the historic Mohabat Khan mosque in the northwestern city of Peshawar, announced at the mosque and the Jamia Ashrafia religious school that he leads would give a 1.5 million rupee reward and a car for killing the cartoonist of the Prophet pictures that appeared first in a Danish newspaper in September.

The 100 grams of gold offered by the Taliban earlier in the month is a much better deal.

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