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RaptorZ    2/17/2006 5:21:33 PM
Cleric Announces $1M Bounty on Cartoonist Feb 17 4:37 PM US/Eastern Email this story By RIAZ KHAN Associated Press Writer PESHAWAR, Pakistan A Pakistani cleric announced a $1 million bounty for killing a cartoonist who drew the Prophet Muhammad as thousands joined street protests after Friday prayers. Denmark, which first published the cartoons, temporarily closed its embassy and advised its citizens to leave Pakistan. Prayer leader Mohammed Yousaf Qureshi announced the bounty for killing a cartoonist to about 1,000 people outside the historic Mohabat Khan mosque in the northwestern city of Peshawar. He said the mosque and the Jamia Ashrafia religious school he leads would give a $25,000 reward and a car for killing the cartoonist who drew the prophet caricatures _ considered blasphemous by Muslims. He said a local jewelers' association would also give $1 million, but no representative of the association was available to confirm the offer. "Whoever has done this despicable and shameful act, he has challenged the honor of Muslims. Whoever will kill this cursed man, he will get $1 million dollars from the association of the jewelers bazaar, one million rupees ($16,700) from Masjid Mohabat Khan and 500,000 rupees ($8,350) and a car from Jamia Ashrafia as a reward," Qureshi said. "This is a unanimous decision of by all imams of Islam that whoever insults the prophets deserves to be killed and whoever will take this insulting man to his end, will get this prize," he said. Qureshi did not name any cartoonist in his announcement and he did not appear aware that 12 different people had drawn the pictures. A Danish newspaper, Jyllands-Posten, first printed the prophet pictures in September. The newspaper has since apologized to Muslims for the cartoons, one of which shows Muhammad wearing a bomb-shaped turban. Other Western newspapers, mostly in Europe, have reprinted the pictures, asserting their news value and the right to freedom of expression. In Denmark, a spokesman for the Jyllands-Posten said the newspaper did not want to comment on the bounty offer. But Mogens Blicher Bjerregaard, president of the Danish Journalist Union and spokesman for the cartoonists, condemned it. "It is totally absurd what is happening. The cartoonists just did their job and they did nothing illegal," he said. He said the cartoonists _ who have been living under police protection since last year _ are aware of the reward and are "feeling bad about the whole situation." He did not say whether their security had been stepped up. Security forces were out in strength throughout Pakistan Friday, particularly around government offices and Western businesses, as Muslims streamed onto the streets after prayers. More than 200 people were detained, but most gatherings were peaceful. Unrest over the cartoons has spiraled in Pakistan. Riots in Lahore and Peshawar this week caused millions of dollars in damage. Hundreds of vehicles were burned and protesters targeted U.S. and other foreign businesses, including KFC, McDonald's, Citibank, Holiday Inn and Norwegian cell phone company Telenor. Five people were killed. Intelligence officials have said scores of members of radical and militant Islamic groups, such as Jamaat al-Dawat, joined the protests in Lahore on Tuesday and incited violence in a bid to undermine President Gen. Pervez Musharraf's government, a close ally of the United States. On Friday, police confined Jamaat al-Dawat's leader, Hafiz Mohammed Saeed, to his home in Lahore to stop him from addressing supporters in the city of Faisalabad, about 75 miles away, his spokesman Yahya Mujahid said. Saeed used to lead Lashkar-e-Tayyaba, a banned militant group. A senior police official in Lahore who confirmed Saeed's detention said the government had ordered police to restrict the movement of all religious leaders who might address rallies and to round up religious activists "who could be any threat to law and order." The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter. In Islamabad, visiting former President Bill Clinton criticized the cartoons but said Muslims wasted an opportunity to build better ties with the West by holding violent protests. "I can tell you, most people in the United States deeply respect Islam ... and most people in Europe do," he said. Denmark, meanwhile, said it had temporarily closed its embassy in Pakistan and urged Danes to leave the country. Last week, Denmark temporarily shut its embassies in Lebanon, Syria, Iran and Indonesia. Pakistan recalled its ambassador to Denmark for "consultations" about the cartoons, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam said. Friday's protests were mostly free of violence though police used tear gas and batons in isolated incidents. About 7,000 protested in Rawalpindi, 5,000 in the southwestern city of Quetta and 5,000 in Karachi. In
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Mex101    RE:Wow.......   2/17/2006 7:09:57 PM
Stupid cartoonist. He should of known that a cartoon like that is like throughing oil into a fire. I hope he makes it out alive after this just becomes yesterdays new, prossibly in a year or two. Remind me never to make fun of Islam.
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bender    A Proposal   2/17/2006 7:26:22 PM
Perhaps,the proper reaction to this kind of thing should be to terrorize the terrorist supporter.Each time a religious leader puts a price on someones head,he will also be putting the crosshairs on his soon as one of these jack-asses announces one of these hit contracts,he in turn will be sanctioned immediatly(or asap).I'm sure the promise of swift and sure deliverance to allah will bring this kind of a thing to a swift halt.
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Pars    RE:A Proposal   2/17/2006 10:13:55 PM
I think first thing to be done should be an international pressure to Pakistan to bring him and his supporters to justice. The ones who puts prise for killing shoud be trialed for attempting murder.
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Pseudonym    RE:A Proposal   2/17/2006 11:30:47 PM
Conspiracy to commit murder apparently is not illegal in Pakistan.
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doggtag    RE:A Proposal   2/18/2006 12:17:31 AM
And yet people wonder why islam is getting such a bad rap anymore. "We are a religion of peace, but we will hunt and kill the non-believers, infidels, and slanderers!" What a joke! Then again, no one ever flew an airplane into a mosque during morning or mid-day prayer, either. But I suppose trying to talk sense into a militant radical muslim is like trying to convince an Aryan that jews and blacks are just as good as he is. Muslims will never win respect in the world (except by the tolerate-everything pacifists) as long as they allow such anger, hatred, and ignorance to swell within their own ranks (kind of like how the Catholic church, for a time, did little to condemn preist molestations when they first surfaced). If anything shames Mohammed, it is not cartoons: it's the behavior a lot of his followers exhibit today. Just as it shames Christ when a catholic preist molests a child. But the difficulty lies in convincing the guilty ones that it is they who are corrupt and in the wrong. These cartoonists have done nothing more wrong that any other radical-religion-touting bullsh*t artists: they used their views to manipulate people to their political points of view. If islam thinks it can allow its leaders to go around unchecked putting prices on the heads of people who challenge their authority, maybe some entrepeneurial people from the civilized world that islam strikes out against should do the same, and start putting prices on the heads of "questionable" leaders among the muslim communities. Don't curse me for suggesting it: that's been part of islam's history since its inception (assassination and murder of one's rivals). So is it just me then, or is islam one more religion of double standards? (the previously-mentioned "we are a religion of peace, but we will hunt and kill the non-believers, infidels, and slanderers!")
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FJV    RE:A Proposal   2/18/2006 7:41:50 AM
He can take that million and shove it up his @rse!
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American Kafir    RE:Wow.......   2/18/2006 11:12:37 AM
Is it illegal to set up a general legal defense fund for people who may be accused of "hate crimes" against Muslims?
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Mex101    RE:Wow.......   2/18/2006 3:09:48 PM
I gues the key words are "accused of" meaning that if they are framed or not guilty, no its not illegal. Where are you geting at with that comment?
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trustedsourceofinfo    RE:Wow.......   2/19/2006 2:44:01 AM
AS an Indian,I wish somebody wud chop off this crazy Muslim's head first... This mother fukcing Islamic bastard has $11.5M to offer..but they wont spend a penny for better causes. I dont fukcing understand why we cant fill these Islamic pigs in trains and export them to Pakistan or any hell hole they'd desire..Mecca,Medina,Turkey,Iraq -anywhere ;but we need to chuck these bastards outta our Indian society... This is a clear cut case of conspiracy to murder.Its coming to a state where the civilised world will deport these fanatics back to their original hell holes!But we're fukcing stuck with these Islamic pigs who never cease reprocing like chickens... UP minister offers reward NEW DELHI, Feb 18: In India, newspapers made front page news of an 11.5 million dollar bounty offered by Mohammed Yaqoob Qureshi, a minister in the northern Uttar Pradesh state government, for anyone who decapitated one of the cartoonists. The government of Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state, one with a large Muslim community, said the minister’s statements were “his personal wish” and did not violate government rules.—AFP
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trustedsourceofinfo    RE:And now a peaceful protest   2/19/2006 2:49:37 AM
The Islamic woman's voice of peace-We want the man hanged.. Let me quote: ""Also on Saturday, about 12,000 women joined a nonviolent rally in the southern city of Karachi. The event was organized by Jamaat-e-Islami -- the country's oldest and best-organized religious party. "We want that those who drew these blasphemous cartoons to be hanged," Aysha Munawar, a senior leader of the party, told the crowd. She also urged the government to sever ties with countries where the cartoons have been reprinted"""
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