New Delhi: India on Thursday (April 21) slammed US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s visit to Pakistan-occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
“This visit is condemnable,” MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi told reporters in New Delhi.
“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,” he said, adding if such a politician wishes to practice “her narrow-minded politics at home, that may be her business.”
But, the MEA spokesperson made it clear – “….violating our territorial integrity and sovereignty in its pursuit makes it ours. This visit is condemnable.”
The MEA spokesperson also condemned all terrorist attacks, such as the one in Afghanistan.
“We are looking at the developments there,” he said.
Omar was born in Somalia, and she represents Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District in the US House of Representatives as a Democrat.
An experienced Twin Cities policy analyst, organiser, public speaker and advocate, Omar was sworn into office in January 2019, making her the first African refugee to become a Member of Congress, the first woman of colour to represent Minnesota, and one of the first two Muslim-American women elected to Congress.
She has attracted controversies for her remarks and tweets on Kashmir earlier as well.