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Even as France buried the victims of the wave of attacks in which three police officers were killed, dozens of people gathered in Pakistan in tribute to the brothers who carried out the attacks .

According to AFP, a local preacher Maulana Pir Mohammad Chishti in Peshawar led around 60 people in prayer for the lives of Cherif and Said Kouachi who attacked and killed 12 people at the Charlie Hebdo office on January 7.

Chanting ‘Death to Hebdo publications’ and ‘Long live Cherif Kouachi, long live Said Kouachi’ and kissed posters of the brothers who had been shot dead by police .

"If freedom of expression stops at the mention of the Holocaust, then it should also stop at the honor of our Prophet," Alhafi told AFP. 

French Comedian praises terrorist

An anti-Semitic French comedian has praised the terrorist who killed four people at a Jewish supermarket in Paris Friday.

"As far as I am concerned, I feel I am Charlie Coulibaly," said Dieudonne M’Bala M’bala, in a statement on his Facebook page after the 1.5 million-strong anti-terrorism rally in the French capital Sunday.

The controversial comedian has faced several convictions in the past for making anti-Semitic comments and jokes.

Amedy Coulibaly took hostages and killed four people at the Hyper Cacher supermarket in eastern Paris Friday before being killed by police. He said he was working for Islamic State and in “synchronisation” with the Kouachi brothers who attacked the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine that left 12 people dead.

The US non-presence at Paris anti-terorism march

The White House tried damage control Monday after widespread criticism that neither President Barack Obama nor any other high-ranking US official joined a massive anti-terrorism march in Paris that drew 40 other world leaders.

White House spokesperson Josh Earnest acknowledged "we should have sent someone with a higher profile", not even trying to justify the fact that the largely unknown US Ambassador to France, Jane Hartley, was the top American official at Sunday's rally.

While the US has not faced a physical terror attack since the incidents in France, Islamic State (IS) sympathisers did hack the Twitter account of the US Central Command.

Read American soldiers, watch your back says IS sympathisers who hack US Central Command Twitter ac

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Read A defiant Charlie Hebdo has Prophet Mohammed on its new cover


With inputs from IANS

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