As US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar visited Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, India on Thursday condemned the visit and called her “narrow-minded politics” violating India’s “territorial integrity and sovereignty”.
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.
The Ministry of External Affairs’ official 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 criticize the Modi government on the issue of human rights. Omar has, in the past, accused India of pursuing an anti-Muslim policy.
The Congresswoman is on a four-day visit to Pakistan — April 20-24 — where apart from meetings with the political leadership in Islamabad, she is visiting Lahore and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
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.