India Condemns US Rep. Ilhan Omar’s PoK Visit, Terms It ‘Narrow-Minded Politics’

Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi (file image)

New Delhi: The Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday condemned the visit of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar to the Pakistan Occupied Kashmir as violative of India’s territorial integrity and sovereignty. 

The remarks came during an MEA briefing by spokesperson Arindam Bagchi where he was answering a question on the US representatives’ visit to Pakistan. 

In the press conference, he said that “We have noted that she (Ilhan Omar) has visited a part of the Indian Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, which is currently illegally occupied by Pakistan.” 

He further added that “Let me just say that if such a politician wishes to practice a narrow-minded politics at home, that’s her business, but violating our territorial integrity and sovereignty in its pursuit makes this our and we think the visit is condemnable.” 

Ilhan Omar has been on a visit to Pakistan since early Wednesday and has met former Prime Minister Imran Khan among other engagements as well as visited a part of POK.

The 37-years-old Omar belongs to the Democrats and represents the State of Minnesota in Congress. She is one of the two Muslim women elected to the US Congress in 2018. 


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