MUSLIM Party Leader offers reward to anyone who will kill anti-Islam cartoonists

tbvivi-viFollowing the Charlie Hebdo massacre by Muslim terrorists in Paris, BSP leader Haji Yakoob Qureshi declared a reward for the murderers of the French cartoonists. Just like in 2006, when he offered a reward to anyone who would kill the Danish cartoonist, Kurt Westergaard, who created the controversial cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.

Hindustan Times  Whoever dare show disrespect for Prophet will invite death like the cartoonists and journalists of Paris-based satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Haji Yakoob Qureshi has said.

Haji Yakoob Qureshi

Haji Yakoob Qureshi

“Rasul ke ashiq unhe saja de dete hai (followers of Prophet punish them),” the former Uttar Pradesh minister told HT on Thursday, reacting to Islamic clerics’ views that the religion had no place for violence.

“Those who dare insult Prophet Mohammed deserve death and there is no need to initiate legal procedure against them.” The Meerut-based leader said the Prophet spread the message of peace and love.

In 2006, 75-year-old Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard caused an international controversy with his satirical drawing of the Prophet Muhammad. As far as he’s concerned, he’d like to keep drawing cartoons – also about Islam. 

Mr Westergaard’s cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed with a bomb in his turban provoked fierce protests from the Islamic world. Danish products were hit by a boycott, and both Mr Westergaard and his newspaper received numerous threats. In December a Somali Muslim extremist attacked the cartoonist at his home. He has been under permanent protection ever since. The newspaper building is also guarded.

Mr Westergaard’s cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed with a bomb in his turban provoked fierce protests from the Islamic world. Danish products were hit by a boycott, and both Mr Westergaard and his newspaper received numerous threats. In December a Somali Muslim extremist attacked the cartoonist at his home. He has been under permanent protection ever since. The newspaper building is also guarded.

Late on Wednesday, he had maintained the same line with journalists who sought his reaction to the attack on the magazine.

Qureshi had hit the headlines in 2006 after declaring a reward of Rs. 51 crore for anyone who would kill the Danish cartoonist who had created a controversial cartoon of Prophet Mohammed. He had made the offer at a public rally in Meerut.

Reacting to Wednesday’s attack on Charlie Hebdo, Qureshi said he was ready to pay the reward money to the attackers. “I am ready to pay the money if they come and demand the declared reward.”

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