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Tuesday, 14 August, 2001, 12:33 GMT 13:33 UK
Musharraf bans two extremist groups
Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf has banned two militant Islamic groups in an effort to curb sectarian violence in the country.

In a televised speech to mark Independence Day, General Musharraf said the activities of the Sunni Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and the Shia Sipah-e-Mohammed groups had been outlawed.

He also warned that two other groups - the Sunni Sipah-e-Sahaba and the Shia Tahreek-e-Jaffria were being closely watched.

There have been dozens of attacks in Pakistan by rival Sunni and Shia Muslims in recent years.

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