Council of Pakistani Scholars: Time to eradicate Houthis, ‘cut off Iranian hands’
During an emergency meeting in Lahore attended by a number of leaders and heads of Islamic associations in Pakistan, Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi, the head of the Council of Pakistani Scholars, said it is time to eradicate the Houthi militias and “cut off Iranian hands” in the region.
He explained that the Houthis have crossed all “the red lines” by attacking Saudi Arabia, the land of the Two Holy Mosques.
The attacks, Ashrafi said, prove that the Houthis do not respect international laws as they constantly violate them by launching missile attacks targeting the holy mosques, which have failed so far after being successfully intercepted by Saudi defenses.
Ashrafi added that the Muslim community will not remain silent at the violations committed by the Houthis and Iran, because it cannot rule out that the Houthis may target Muslim pilgrims who will be heading to the holy sites in the kingdom very soon to mark the month of Ramadan.
He also said that the Houthi declaration of allegiance to Iran indicates that the militias are Iran’s hands in the region, and should be suppressed immediately to reinstate legitimacy in Yemen, and protect the sanctity of the holy mosques.
Ashrafi and the participating heads of the Islamic associations strongly condemned the ballistic missile attacks by the Houthi militias on Sunday which targeted areas housing civilians including Riyadh, killing one person and injuring others.