The Jamaat-ud-Dawah today announced a reward of Rs10 crore for anyone who kills American pastor Terry Jones, one of the two preachers who oversaw the burning of the Koran in the US on Sunday.
The reward was announced by senior JuD leader Amir Hamza, a close aide of the group’s chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, while chairing a meeting of the Tehrik Hurmat-e-Rasool.
Leaders of dozens of religious groups attended the meeting held in Lahore.
The meeting also decided to organise a protest against the desecration of the Koran on Friday.
Rallies will be held in cities and towns across Pakistan, said a statement issued the religious groups.
A demonstration will also be held in Lahore on Wednesday.
The religious groups asked traders, lawyers, students, members of civil society organisations and farmers to join the protests.
The meeting claimed “Crusaders and Zionists” were openly committing blasphemous acts under the supervision of the US administration and the Pope following “their defeat in Afghanistan and Iraq”.
The silence of Muslim rulers is unfortunate and Muslims “must adopt the way of jihad against blasphemous acts by Zionists”, the statement said.
The US administration and army and the Pope are patronising those who published blasphemous cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, the statement said.
They are “destroying world peace” and these acts are the hurting the sentiments of Muslims, it said.
Islamic countries should quit the UN if it fails to stop such acts and Muslims should give a befitting reply to people like Terry Jones so that they do not commit such acts in future, the statement said.
The religious groups also decided to convene meeting of the heads of political and religious parties to frame a “policy to be presented to the world leaders”.
The Pakistan government strongly condemned the desecration of the Koran by two American pastors, describing it as a "despicable act" aimed at provoking "dissent and discord among communities and people across the world".
The American pastors burnt the Koran on Sunday after the holy book was found "guilty" during a "trial" at a church in Florida.