India on Thursday criticised US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s visit to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) as “condemnable” and accused her of violating the nation’s sovereignty by travelling to a area illegally occupied by Pakistan.
The Somalia-born US lawmaker is on a four-day go to to Pakistan, throughout which she has met Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and opposition chief Imran Khan. She held public and official interactions whereas visiting the Line of Management (LoC) in PoK on Thursday to evaluate the bottom scenario, in line with experiences within the Pakistani media.
Requested about Omar’s journey to PoK at a daily weekly media briefing, exterior affairs ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi stated, “We’ve famous that US consultant Ilhan Omar has visited part of the Indian union territory of Jammu and Kashmir that’s at the moment illegally occupied by Pakistan.”
He added, “If such a politician needs to follow her narrow-minded politics at dwelling, which may be her enterprise. However violating our territorial integrity and sovereignty in its pursuit makes it ours. This go to is condemnable.”
In 2018, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib turned the primary Muslim ladies elected to the US Congress. Omar’s go to to Pakistan has reportedly been organized in her private capability as a member of Congress.
Omar visited PoK capital Muzaffarabad, the place she stated the US overseas affairs committee has held hearings on experiences of human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir and in addition mentioned anti-Muslim rhetoric in India.
Throughout his assembly with Omar on Wednesday, Pakistani premier Sharif highlighted the “severe human rights scenario” in Kashmir and “burdened the significance of peaceable decision of [the] Jammu and Kashmir dispute, enabling the area to understand its financial potential and promote social progress”, in line with tweets from the Prime Minister’s Workplace.
Sharif additionally stated a “peaceable and secure South Asian area can give attention to its development and improvement”, and known as for concerted world efforts to take care of Islamophobia.
Ilhan Omar is the primary American lawmaker to journey to Pakistan after the ouster of the Imran Khan authorities. In addition to Sharif, she additionally met minister of state for overseas affairs Hina Rabbani Khar and Nationwide Meeting Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf.
Omar’s assembly with former premier Imran Khan on Wednesday triggered an argument because the cricketer-turned-politician has been accusing the US of being behind a “overseas conspiracy” to topple his authorities. Social media customers reminded Khan of his criticism of political leaders who had lately met US officers and inside minister Rana Sanaullah requested if his assembly with Omar was “a conspiracy or interference”.
Earlier this month, Omar, a Democrat, requested why the Joe Biden administration was reluctant to criticise the Indian authorities on the difficulty of human rights. Prior to now, Omar has accused India of pursuing an “anti-Muslim” coverage.