This follows the rewards offered by a Pakistani cleric. Which cartoonist is not specified, perhaps because Haji Yaqoob Qureishi is under the impression that the same person drew them all, or perhaps because only one offends him. “Rs 51-crore reward for Danish cartoonist’s head, says UP Minister,” from Indian Express, with thanks to K.:
LUCKNOW, MEERUT, FEBRUARY 17: The Minister for Minority Welfare and Haj in the Mulayam Singh Yadav government, Haji Yaqoob Qureishi, has announced a cash reward of Rs 51 crore for anyone who beheads the Danish cartoonist who caricatured Prophet Mohammad.
While the state government has defended the Minister’s remark as the “voice of someone whose religious sentiments have been hurt,” a senior member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board has slammed it calling the reward “anti-Islamic and anti-humanity.”
Well, I am glad someone seems to be keeping his head while others are calling for the cartoonists to lose theirs.