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India Condemns US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s Visit To Pak-Occupied Kashmir

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  • The Congresswoman is in Pakistan for a four-day visit from April 20 to 24, when she will meet with political leaders in Islamabad and tour sections of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir
  • In response to an inquiry regarding her visit to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, a representative for the foreign ministry said it was "condemnable."

India today denounced the visit to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir by US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. The congresswoman arrived in Pakistan on April 20 for a four-day tour, during which she met with former Prime Minister Imran Khan and his successor, Shahbaz Sharif.

In response to an inquiry regarding her visit to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, a representative for the foreign ministry said it was “condemnable.”

“If a politician like her wants to conduct her narrow-minded politics at home, that’s OK; but compromising our territorial integrity in the process makes this our problem. Unforgivable, “According to the ministry.

The Congresswoman is in Pakistan for a four-day visit from April 20 to 24, when she will meet with political leaders in Islamabad and tour sections of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. She will travel to Lahore and “Azad Jammu and Kashmir,” according to the Prime Minister’s Office, to have a better knowledge of Pakistan’s cultural, social, political, and economic possibilities.

Kashmir is always a major topic of conversation between Pakistan and the United States, and it was also discussed between Prime Minister Sharif and Ms Omar.

Mr Sharif told reporters that he discussed Kashmir with the 39-year-old lawmaker, who is known for her anti-India stance, and emphasised the importance of a peaceful resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir issue, which would allow the region to realise its economic potential and promote social progress, according to the Press Trust of India news agency.

Ms. Omar’s trip is primarily aimed at reviving US-Pakistan relations following deposed Prime Minister Imran Khan’s charges of conspiracy. Mr Khan had claimed that the opposition had collaborated with the US to force him out of office through a no-trust vote in the national assembly.

Ms. Omar, a member of the US House of Representatives from Minnesota, has already met Mr Khan, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party’s leader.

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