ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s minister for minorities has condemned a hard-line cleric for offering cash to anyone who kills a Christian woman convicted of blasphemy against Islam.
The minister, Shahbaz Bhatti, says the offer is “immoral, unjust and irresponsible” and should be condemned in the “strongest possible manner.”
A Pakistani court sentenced Asia Bibi to death last month, triggering protests from human rights groups and Christian organizations. Islamist political parties have demonstrated in support of the sentence and the blasphemy laws.
Cleric Yousef Qureshi said Friday that if the government did not execute Bibi, his mosque would pay anyone who killed her $5,800.
Bhatti called Saturday for authorities to ensure the safety of Bibi and her family.