A Hardliner controversial Muslim cleric of an historic mosque of Pakistan's Khyber Paktunkhwa province has offered to pay 5 lakh rupees from Mosque fund for killing Asia Bibi, a Christian woman who was recently sentenced to death by a court for allegedly committing blasphemy.
Maulana Yusaf Qureshi, the imam of the well-known Mohabat Khan mosque, announced the reward for killing Asia Bibi during his sermon at the Friday prayers.
He announced that he would pay the money to the person who killed "blasphemor Asia Bibi". The payment would be made from the mosque's fund, he said.
Hardline religious parties and clerics have threatened they will launch nationwide protests if Asia Bibi is pardoned or if the blasphemy law is changed.
The Taliban too have opposed any move to pardon the woman. Asia Bibis case dates back to last year.
She was arrested after a Muslim cleric accused her of blasphemy following a row she had with a group of Muslim women. She has denied the charge.
Her case has outraged liberals and rights groups in the country and abroad, amid demands for her release.
- PTI Inputs