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‘Narrow-minded politics’: India condemns US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s visit to PoK

Omar is on a four-day visit to Pakistan from April 20 to 24, where she met Pakistan PM Shehbaz Sharif and former PM Imran Khan, and also visited Muzaffarabad in PoK.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: April 21, 2022 5:50:50 pm
In this photo released by Press Information Department, U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, second left, meets with Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbad Sharif, right, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, April 20, 2022. Omar's visit is the first by a member of Congress since a new coalition government came into power in Islamabad last week after the ouster of former premier Imran Khan. (AP/PTI Photo)

As US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar visited Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), India Thursday condemned the visit and said her “narrow-minded politics” violated its “territorial integrity and sovereignty”.

Omar is on a four-day visit to Pakistan from April 20 to April 24 where she met Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and former PM Imran Khan, and also visited Muzaffarabad in PoK.

The Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said, “We have noted that US Representative Ilhan Omar has visited a part of the Indian Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir that is currently illegally occupied by Pakistan. If such a politician wishes to practice her narrow-minded politics at home, that may be her business. But violating our territorial integrity and sovereignty in its pursuit makes it ours. This visit is condemnable.”

Earlier this month, Omar, a Democratic Congresswoman, asked why the Biden administration was so reluctant to criticise the Modi government on the issue of human rights. Omar has, in the past, accused India of pursuing an anti-Muslim policy.

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In Muzaffarabad, the US Congresswoman said the United States Foreign Affairs Committee had previously held hearings to investigate the reports of human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir and had discussed the anti-Muslim rhetoric and its effects in India.

Apart from meetings with the political leadership in Islamabad, she will also be visiting Lahore on her four-day visit to Pakistan.

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