There is a story bouncing around the foreign press, and unless one gets out a calculator, it is not immediately apparent how big the story is. It has been reported that Haji Yakoob Qureshi of the Bahujan Samaj Party has offered a reward of "Rs 51 crore" to the Charlie Hebdo gunmen. When I first read this story, I didn't know much about Indian currencies and exchange rates, and I thought the prize might be worth about 51 US pennies. I'm glad I was curious enough to look because I was very wrong.

Haji Yakoob Qureshi, a prominent national political figure in India, just offered these gunmen a prize of $8,116,363.06. The standard Indian currency is the "rupee." A "crore" represents 10 million. So "Rs 51 Crore" means 510 million rupees (51 x 10 million) which turns out to be a substantial amount of money.

Zee News India reports:

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Lucknow: While the entire world is condemning the deadly terror attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo's office in Paris, Bahujan Samaj Party leader Haji Yakoob Qureshi has justified the shootout and said people disrespecting Prophet Mohammed deserve death.

The BSP leader, after the attack, praised the attackers and declared a prize of Rs 51 crore for them. The politician had also courted controversy in 2006 when he shot to limelight after he announced a similar prize money for anyone who would kill the Danish cartoonist who drew a caricature mocking the Prophet.

This time, too, Qureshi has announced to reward the Paris attackers with the same amount for attacking Charlie Hebdo's office.

Heavily armed men shouting Islamist slogans stormed the Paris headquarters of a satirical weekly on Wednesday, killing 12 people in cold blood in the worst attack in France in decades.

The News Minute is reporting that an attorney named Shehzad Poonawala has filed a complaint with the Director General of Police.

So what does Qureshi have to say in his defense?

"I am ready to pay the money if they come and demand the declared reward."

He doesn't have any respect for Indian law or law enforcement. In his eyes these savage murders were justified by Islamic law.

This is simply the full savagery of Islamic thinking on display. Yet, our Muslim in Chief hesitates to label this sort of behavior as "Islamic" because he still clings to the lie of Islam being about peace.

This isn't about peace. In the eyes of the world's devout Muslims these gunmen did them all a favor and some, like Qureshi, are just begging them to come accept their reward.


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