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Pakistan Taliban: 'Amnesty' for bounty minister

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 file photo, Pakistani protesters burn a representation of a U.S. flag and an effigy of U.S. President Barack Obama in the Pakistani border town of Chaman along the Afghanistan border. U.S.-funded ads on Pakistani te
FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 file photo, Pakistani protesters burn a representation of a U.S. flag and an effigy of U.S. President Barack Obama in the Pakistani border town of Chaman along the Afghanistan border. U.S.-funded ads on Pakistani television include President Barack Obama extolling America’s religious tolerance. To many in the Muslim world, this misses the mark in efforts to calm the outrage over a film mocking the Prophet Muhammad.
Matiullah Achakzai, File, Associated Press

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — The Pakistani Taliban say they are granting an "amnesty" to a Cabinet minister who is offering a $100,000 reward to anyone who kills the maker of an anti-Islam film.

The film has sparked violent protests across the Muslim world. Railways minister Ghulam Ahmad Bilour has already sought the Taliban's and al-Qaida's help in his "noble cause" of killing the filmmaker.

Pakistani Taliban spokesman Ahsanullah Ahsan told The Associated Press by telephone on Wednesday that the minister's views represent the true spirit of Islam. Consequently, the militants have removed him from their hit list.

But Ahsan clarified that others in Bilour's secular party — which has opposed the Taliban — won't enjoy the reprieve.

Pakistan's government says Bilour's bounty doesn't represent official policy.

Bilour could not be reached immediately for comment.