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    Bounty offerd to kill Cartoonist!!

    Cleric: $1 Million to Kill Cartoonist


    PESHAWAR, Pakistan Feb 17, 2006 (AP)— A Pakistani cleric announced Friday a $1 million bounty for killing a cartoonist who drew Prophet Muhammad, as thousands joined street protests and Denmark temporarily closed its embassy and advised its citizens to leave the country.

    Police confined the former leader of an Islamic militant group to his home to prevent him from addressing supporters over the cartoons, amid fears he could incite violence, after riots this week killed five people.

    Security forces were out in strength, particularly around government offices and Western businesses, as Muslims streamed onto the streets after Friday prayers. More than 200 people were detained, but most gatherings were peaceful.

    In neighboring India, police used batons and tear gas to disperse thousands of angry worshippers who rioted in the southern city of Hyderabad. They burned Danish flags, pelted police with stones, and looted shops. Hundreds more protested in Bangladesh.

    In the northwestern Pakistan city of Peshawar, prayer leader Mohammed Yousaf Qureshi announced the bounty for killing a cartoonist to about 1,000 people outside the Mohabat Khan mosque.

    Qureshi said the mosque and his religious school would give $25,000 and a car, while a local jewelers' association would give another $1 million. No representative of the association was available to confirm it had made the offer.

    "This is a unanimous decision by all imams (prayer leaders) of Islam that whoever insults the prophet deserves to be killed and whoever will take this insulting man to his end, will get this prize," Qureshi said.

    Qureshi did not name any cartoonist in his announcement. He did not appear aware that 12 different people had drawn the pictures.

    A Danish newspaper, Jyllands-Posten, first printed the prophet pictures by 12 cartoonists in September. The newspaper has since apologized to Muslims for the cartoons, one of them showing Muhammad wearing a bomb-shaped turban with an ignited fuse. Other Western newspapers, mostly in Europe, have reprinted the pictures, asserting their news value and the right to freedom of expression.

    In Islamabad, former U.S. 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 on a visit to sign an HIV-AIDS project by his foundation.

    Denmark announced it had temporarily closed its embassy in Pakistan. It also advised against all travel to Pakistan and urged Danes still in the country to leave.

    "We have decided to do so because of the general security situation in the country," Foreign Ministry spokesman Lars Thuesen said.

    Denmark has already temporarily closed its embassies in Lebanon, Syria, Iran and Indonesia after anti-Danish protests and threats against staff.

    Pakistan, meanwhile, recalled its ambassador to Denmark for "consultations" about the cartoons, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam said.

    Unrest over the cartoons has spiraled in Pakistan, even as it has ebbed in the rest of Asia and in the Middle East. Big riots in Lahore and Peshawar this week caused millions of dollars in damage, as hundreds of vehicles were burned and protesters targeted numerous U.S. and other foreign-brand businesses, including KFC, McDonald's, Citibank, Holiday Inn and Norwegian cell phone company Telenor.

    Intelligence officials have said scores of members of radical and militant Islamic groups, such as Jamaat al-Dawat, joined the unruly protests in Lahore on Tuesday and had incited violence in a bid to undermine President Gen. Pervez Musharraf's government.

    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 militant group closely associated with Jamaat al-Dawat and banned by Musharraf four years ago.

    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 as he wasn't authorized to discuss the matter with media because of its sensitivity.

    Police used tear gas and batons in isolated incidents at Friday's protests, but generally they were free of violence. About 7,000 protested in Rawalpindi, 5,000 in the southwestern city of Quetta and 5,000 in Karachi.

    Copyright 2006 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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    I thought this was going to involve Bendis and Alpha Flight...

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    people are being killed because someone drew a cartoon of a supposed prophet. no matter how you try to slice it that's about as ass backwards as a culture can get.

    "oh but don't hate millions of innocent muslims because their leaders are corrupt". last i checked it wasn't their leaders carrying out the riots, etc. i don't care what their leadership says. they as individuals chose to riot and act like savages because someone DREW A FUCKING COMIC STRIP.

    for the record, i'm not saying every muslim is an ass backwards savage, but all of the ones rioting, etc. certainly fit the bill.
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    Wow. I am absolutely speechless.

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    "Now now now... let's not over react. These guys have every right to kill someone over a cartoon. Its about respecting their religion...

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    fuck all

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    I gotta wonder if all those muslims have any idea how stupid they look on the news to us over here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bachman
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    No no no...

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    I disagree with this in principle...but I could really use the money and I've always wanted to visit Amsterdam.

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    Lord of the OOMPH!!! Ray G.'s Avatar
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    And yet everyone mocked Bruce Willis when he offered a bounty for Osama bin Ladin.
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