THE Pakistani politician who put a bounty on the anti-Islam filmmaker's head has impressed the country's Taliban militants so much that they are taking him off their hit list.
The man behind 'Innocence of Muslims', Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, has put his US home up for sale and gone into hiding since violence erupted over the 14-minute YouTube trailer for the movie, which has sparked debate over freedom of expression in the US and Europe.
Pakistani railways minister Ghulam Ahmad Bilour offered a $100,000 (€77,330) reward on Saturday for anyone who kills Mr Nakoula.
Mr Bilour also appealed to al-Qa'ida and Taliban militants to eliminate the filmmaker, while Pakistan's government said the bounty reflected his personal view and was not official policy.
The minister belongs to the secular Awami National Party, an ally in the government of President Asif Ali Zardari.
A Pakistani Taliban spokesman said the minister's views represented the true spirit of Islam, and that, consequently, he was off their hit list.