Who are Houthis of Yemen

Houthis

The Houthis (Arabic: الحوثيونal-Ḥūthiyyūn), also known as Ansar Allah (anṣāru llāhi أنصار الله “Supporters of God”), are a Zaidi Shia group operating in Yemen.[14] The group takes its name from Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi, who launched an insurgency in 2004 and was reportedly killed by Yemeni army forces that September.[15] Led by Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, the group succeeded in a coup d’état in 2014/15 and currently retains control of the Yemeni capital Sana’a and the parliament.[16]

History[edit]

Current territorial situation in Yemen as of March 22nd 2015. Houthi forces are shown in green.

The Houthi movement began as the Believing Youth (BY), which was founded in 1992 in Saada Governorate[17]:1008 by either Houthi family member Muhammad al-Houthi,[18]:98 or his brother Hussein al-Houthi.[19]

According to Ahmed Addaghashi, a professor at Sanaa University, the Houthis began as a theological movement that preached tolerance and peace that held a considerably broad-minded educational and cultural vision.[20] Western sources report that BY established school clubs and summer camps[18]:98 in order to “promote a Zaidi revival” in Saada.[19] By 1994–1995, 15–20,000 students had attended BY summer camps.[18]:99

After the 2003 invasion of Iraq, BY-affiliated youth began chanting anti-American and anti-Jewish slogans in theSaleh Mosque in Sana’a after Friday prayers. This led to confrontations with the government, and 800 BY supporters were arrested in Sana’a in 2004. President Ali Abdullah Saleh then invited Hussein al-Houthi to a meeting in Sana’a, but Hussein declined. On 18 June 2004 Saleh sent government forces to arrest Hussein.[21]Hussein responded by launching an insurgency against the government, but was killed on 10 September 2004.[22] The insurgency continued intermittently until a ceasefire agreement was reached in 2010.[23]

The Houthis participated in the 2011 Yemeni Revolution, as well as the ensuing National Dialogue Conference(NDC). However, they rejected the provisions of the November 2011 Gulf Cooperation Council deal, which included immunity for former president Saleh and the establishment of a coalition government.[24]

As the revolution went on, Houthis gained control of greater territory. By 9 November 2011, Houthis were said to be in control of two Yemeni governorates (Saada and Al Jawf) and close to taking over their third governorate (Hajjah),[25] which would enable them to launch a direct assault on Yemeni capital Sana’a.[26] In May 2012, it was reported that Houthis controlled a majority of Saada, Al Jawf, and Hajjah governorates; they had also gained access to the Red Sea and started erecting barricades north of the capital Sana’a in preparation for more conflict.[27]

By 21 September 2014, Houthis were said to control parts of the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, including government buildings and a radio station.[28] While control of the capital expanded to the rest of the Sana’a, as well as other towns such as Rada’ City, control was strongly challenged by Al-Qaeda. It was believed by Western states and Saudi Arabia that the Houthis had accepted aid from Iran while Saudi Arabia was aiding their Yemeni rivals [29] Al-Qaeda.

On 20 January 2015, Shia Houthi rebels seized the presidential palace in the capital. While President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi was in the presidential palace during the takeover, he was safe.[30] The movement officially took control of the Yemeni government on 6 February, dissolving parliament and declaring itsRevolutionary Committee to be the acting authority in Yemen.[16] On 20 March 2015, The al-Badr and al-Hashoosh mosques came under suicide attack during midday prayers. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant quickly claimed responsibility. The blasts killed 142 Houthi worshippers and wounded more than 351, making it the deadliest terrorist attack in Yemen’s history.[31] In a televised speech on March 22, Houthi leader, Abdul Malik al-Houthi accused US and Israel of supporting the terrorists attacks. He also blamed regional Arab states for financing terrorist groups operating inside Yemen.[32] On 27 March 2015, in response to perceived Houthi threats to Sunni factions in the region, Saudi Arabia along with Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, UAE, Egypt, Pakistan, Jordan, Morocco, and Sudan led a gulf coalition airstrike against Yemen.[33] The military coalition is supported by the Untied States and Turkey.[34]

Gilgit-Baltistan Elections in to be Held in June

The government has finally slated elections in Gilgit-Baltistan for June 7, said Chief Organizer Pakistan Muslim League (N) for GB Mr. HafIz Hafeez Ur Rehman on Friday.  The Chief Election Commissioner for GB, Tahir Ali Shah, has sent a summary in this regard to Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif for final approval, he said. He added that official announcement in this regard would be made public after approval of the summary by Mr. Sharif.

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Meanwhile, preparation of voters list for the elections has kicked off and is expected to be completed in 21 days. Review of the voters list will require additional 10 days. Schedule for the elections will be finalized after review of the voters list.

“Now that the date for elections has been set, debates to conduct elections in Septermber or October shall come to an end,” Mr. Rehman said.

National Women Football Team Won Match against Bhuttan

Islamabad (Monitoring Desk): Pakistan National Women Footbal Team won its match 4-1 goals against the Bhuttan. Currently in South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championship games are being played in Islamabad, Jinnah Stadium, Pakistan Sports Complex, and 7 countries are participating in the games.

The Pakistan National Football Team members are mostly comprised of young players from Gilgit-Baltistan.

Roshnan Ali

Roshnan Ali makes a robust goal

Malika E Noor in Action

Proud girls from GB and National Women Football Team

A tale of horror: How an 8 year old boy tortured, killed in Gilgit

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The cave where the boy was killed and dumped

BY OUR CORRESPONDENT

GILGIT: An eight year old boy, murdered by his friends on Sunday in cold blood, had been sexually abused by the killers three months back in Gilgit, investigators revealed on Tuesday.

In a bid to refrain him from divulging the secret of the sexual assault, the assailants killed the boy brutally, and dumped his body in a cave near Gilgit River.

They cut his ears, smashed his head with stones, stabbed and finally strangulated leaving him in a pool of blood 500 meters from his home in Majini Muhalla – a residential area in Gilgit.

The arrest of Killers however resolved the mystery surrounding the murder of the eight years old boy.

Hasnain had earlier gone missing on Saturday, saddening the town as his parents and relatives made announcements though mosque loudspeakers.

What actually happened

Between 4.30pm to 5.00pm on Saturday, Shoaib, 16, allegedly tempted the kid by offering to buy him a CD from Dar Plaza market at Gilgit. The young Hasnain got tempted and accompanied Shoaib, who also happens to be his neighbor.

The killer, on one or the other pretext, took him to river which lies on a five- minute walk from Dar Plaza. Two of his accomplices – Abrar and Osama who are 14 and 15 years of age respectively – followed them without being noticed.

By the time they reached the river, the day light had already faded. Shoaib pushed the young kid into the cave where he tortured him to death, while his accomplices stayed at some distance to keep a vigil on the passerby.

What the relatives say

Naseem Khan, an uncle of Hasnain, told ‘Outpost’ the main killer accompanied them as they launched a search to find out the ‘missing’ Hasnain. “Shoaib was accompanying us throughout the day and night as we went door to door to know the whereabouts of our child,” said Khan, who is a businessman in Gilgit.

“He didn’t leave a slightest impression that he was the one who killed our baby.”

The relatives next day lodge a complaint with the police station about missing of the boy.

How the killers were arrested

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In-charge CIA Gilgit, sub-inspector Muhammad Tariq

In-charge CIA Gilgit, sub-inspector Muhammad Tariq, who was heading the investigation said when he got the complaint on Sunday, he decided to take help from CCTV cameras first to trace the boy. “To being with, I thought to sought help from CCTV footage,” Tariq told Outpost.

“I sat with my staff in the CCTV cameras room and focused on footage that was recorded from 4.00pm to 5.00pm on Saturday. “We zeroed in on the kids in the Dar plaza to recognize the boy of which we had a latest picture,” said Tariq, whose efforts helped resolve the case in the shortest possible time in the region.

Tariq said luckily they found Hasnain and Shoaib in the footage. “We immediately called the relatives of the boy and they recognized both.”

Shoaib was then seen taking Hasnain towards Domyal area Gilgit River in other footages.

Inspector Tariq says when he went to Shoaib home and met him there, he refused. “However he confessed his crime later on and guided police towards the cave where the body was dump.”

Inspector Tariq said the killer also confessed to have abused the boy three months ago. “The boy often threatened me to divulge the information to his father. This was why I decided to kill him,” Shoaib told police during investigation.

Superintendent police Gilgit, Ali Zia said the arrest was possible due to the CCTV cameras that were fixed in the town to curb crime.

Though child abuse cases are rare in Gilgit, yet they do happen. Two months back, a four years old boy was kidnapped from a mosque by a drug addict and killed him. The killer was reportedly a mentally challenged person.

Child sexual abuse in Pakistan

Pakistan’s government does not release frequently updated statistics for child sexual abuse. But according to Sahil, an Islamabad-based activist group, cases of child sexual abuse covered by the media grew from 668 in 2002 to 2,788 in 2012. Courtesy 

The New Spokesman of TTP belongs to Gilgit-Baltistan

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- Dawn

PESHAWAR: The leader of Tehreek-i-Taliban (TTP) Shura Mullah Fazlullah announced on Friday a new spokesman for the organisation.

Bespectacled Khalid Balti, alias Muhammad Khurassani, who is a Taliban commander from Gilgit Baltistan is the new spokesperson.

Khurassani, who is in his early 30s, received his education from madrassas in Karachi. He is considered a learned cleric and was a teacher at Jamiat-ul-Rasheed in Karachi. Having a vast experience in media and publication, he was also part of Umer Media team of the TTP. In addition, Khurassani is associated with some other madrassas in Karachi for educational and teaching purposes.

The photograph above shows Khurassani with former TTP spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan and deceased TTP emir Hakeemullah Mehsud.

Khurassani previously mentioned in a statement that he was appointed the TTP spokesman after Shahidullah Shahid was sacked.

Shahid had announced his loyalty to the Islamic State militant group, formerly known as Islamic State of Iraq and Al Sham (ISIS). He further added that he would support the Lashkar-i-Islam (LI) militant group in their fight against the security forces that launched Operation Khyber-1 in Bara Tehsil. Source

A Significant Speech by Mir Murtaza Bhutto

A speech which must be listened!

A speech by Mir Murtaza Bhutto

When Dooms Day Shocked Darel Valley

samar KhanBy: Samar Khan

دو اگست 2003 کی وہ خون آشام رات مجھ ٹھیک گیارہ سال بعد آج بھی نہیں بھولی… نہ صرف میں بلکہ میرا پورا گاؤں اس بھیانک رات کی بھیانک یادیں تاحال بھلا نہ سکا…. یہ شب اہلیان گیال داریل پر قیامت صغری بن کر ٹوٹی تھی….. ہم نے کبھی تین جنازے ایک ساتھ نہیں دیکھے تھے اور اس رات ھمارے پچاس عزیز ایک ساتھ چل بسے تھے….

ہوا کچھ یوں تھا کہ ایک مقامی ٹھیکدار کے گھر اچانک آگ بھڑک اٹھی، آگ کیسے لگی؟ یہ راز، راز ہی رہا….. گاؤں والے آگ بجھانے جاۓ وقوعہ پہنچ گۓ ابھی انہوں نے کام شروع کیا ہی تھا کہ ایک زوردار دھماکا ھوا…. اس کے گھر میں زیر تعمیر چینل کا بلاسٹنگ مواد ذخیرہ تھا…. آگ وہاں تک پہنچ گئ اور دھماکا ہوا…. دھماکا اتنا شدید تھا کہ اس کی آواز پوری داریل ویلی میںسنیگئ….. اور جس جس گھر میں سنی گئ، مکینوں کو ایک پل کے لیے لگا کہ ان کا گھر نشانہ بنایا گیا ھے…..

خیر میں جب وہاں پہنچا تو منظر بہت بھیانک تھا، جگہ جگہ لاشیں بکھری پڑی تھیں، جو گھائل ھوگۓ تھے ان کی درد میں ڈوبی چیخیں سنائ دے رہی تھیں…. لوگ اپنے پیاروں کو دیوانہ وار ڈھونڈ رھے تھے…. میں نے سب سے پہلے اپنے جگری دوست عبدالحناس کو دیکھا، جو ایک نالی میں پڑا آخری سانسیں لے رہا تھا…. اس وقت میری آنکھوں سے بے اختیار اشکوں کا سیلاب امڈ آیا…… میں زندگی میں پہلی بار پھوٹ پھوٹ کر رویا…..

پوری وادی میں یہ خبر جنگل کی آگ کی طرح پھیل گئ اور لوگ جوق در جوق گیال کی طرف آنا شروع ھوگۓ….. 3 اگست لاشیں دفناتے دفناتے گزر گیا…. میں نے سنا تھا کہ غم جب حد سے گزر جاتا ھے تو احساس جاتا رہتا ھے… دل پتھر بن جاتا ھے… پہلی بار اس بات کا مشاہدہ کیا….. کیونکہ رات کو جو چیخیں، آہیں اور سسکیاں سنائ دے رہی تھیں وہ دن کے اجالے میں کہیں کھو گیئں…لوگوں کی آنکھیں گویا پتھرا گئ تھیں، ان کے آنسو خشک ھو گۓ تھے، دل فولاد بن گۓ تھے اور کوئ چاہ کر بھی رو نہیں پا رہا تھا……..

زیر نظر تصویر جناب عبدالخالق مرجوم کی ھے، جو اس دھماکے کی بھینٹ چڑھ گۓ… مرحوم، حاجی رحمت خالق ممبر جی بی اسمبلی اور جناب حبیب الرحمن صاحب سٹی مجیسٹریٹ گلگت کے بڑے بھائ تھے…. انہوں نے انجینئرنگ کی ڈگری حاصل کی مگر عملی زندگی کا آغاز بحثیت مدرس کیا…. مڈل سکول گیال کے ھیڈماسٹر رھے… ایک بہترین میر کارواں کی تمام تر صفات پائ جاتی تھیں…. ایک حلیم الطبع، فیاض، ہنس مکھ، ملنسار اور غمگسار انسان تھے….. ان کیساتھ جو ڈیڑھ سال کا عرصہ سکول میں گزرا، وہ میری زندگی کا انمول دورانیہ رہا….. میں ان سے جڑی ایک ایک بات ایک ایک یاد کو کبھی بھی فراموش نہیں کر پاؤنگا…. آج ان کی برسی ھے، اللہ تعالی ان پچاس لوگوں کو جنت الفردوس میں اعلی مقام دے. آمین.

 

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