- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 13, 2015

A Pakistani cleric has held funerals for Cherif and Said Kouachi, the Islamist brothers who gunned down 12 people last week at the Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris.

“Today we feel so proud to attend the funeral of our brothers,” said cleric Allama Pir Mohammad Chishti after leading the funeral in absentia in the city of Peshawar, NBC News reported. “They are heroes of Islam. They laid down their lives but eliminated those published caricatures of our prophet Muhammad.”

Said Kouachi, 34, and Cherif Kouachi, 32, were killed after a massive manhunt and armed standoff with police in northern France on Friday, two days after they killed 12 people at the offices of the Charlie Hebdo magazine, which had published satirical cartoons of the Muslim prophet Muhammad.

“We invited all the Muslims to join us as the two brothers had taken stand on our prophet by killing the publisher and cartoonists,” said Abdul Aziz, a spokesman of the Ghousia Madrassa, the Islamic religious school that arranged the funeral held in a public park, NBC reported.

Only about 40 people attended the ceremony. Mohammad Rasheed Ahmad, a student at the madrassa, which is headed by Chishti, said he was disappointed so few came out to honor the Kouachis.

“We saw tens of thousands of people gathered in France to show solidarity with their slain men, but Muslims didn’t come to take part in the funeral of the two heroes who did this great job,” he said, NBC reported.

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