External Affairs Ministry condemns US MP Ilhan Omar’s visit to Pakistani-occupied Kashmir


NEW DELHI: India on Thursday condemned US MP Ilhan Omar’s visit to Pakistani-occupied Kashmir (PoK), saying his trip to the region violated the country’s sovereignty and reflected its “narrow-minded” policies.

At a press conference, External Affairs Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi criticized Omar for his visit to the PoK. The US congresswoman, who is a Democrat, is currently on a four-day visit to Pakistan. “We have noted that US Representative Ilhan Omar visited part of the Indian Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir which is currently illegally occupied by Pakistan,” he said.

“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 pursuit of her makes it ours. This visit is condemnable,” Bagchi added.

He was asked to comment on Omar’s visit to PoK. She is the first US lawmaker to visit Pakistan after Imran Khan was ousted as the country’s prime minister. On another question on the recent terrorist attacks in Afghanistan, the spokesperson said that India was reviewing the developments there.

“We have seen some of the terrorist attacks. We have always been outspoken in our condemnation of terrorist attacks. We are looking at the developments there. But let me stress that we certainly condemn all terrorist attacks,” Bagchi said.

Shirlene J. Manley