Friday April 22, 2022
American Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has called for greater
attention to Indian brutalities in the occupied parts of the Kashmir valley
during a visit to Muzaffarabad as part of her Pakistan trip.
The Somali-American politician, while speaking to the media
in AJK’s capital, said her visit would help her gain a better understanding of
the ground realities and provide context to the many human rights reports that
she has read about the region.
We are also reviewing the widescale anti-Muslim policies of
[Indian PM Narendra] Modi’s regime, she said.
“I hope my trip [to AJK] will further highlight the Kashmir
issue and more people will talk about it,” she said while urging human rights
organisations to be more vocal on the issue.
Omar is on a four-day visit to Pakistan (April 20-24) during
which she is scheduled to meet the the country’s civil and military leadership.
She visited former premier Imran Khan at his Bani Gala
residence on Wednesday.
Later, she also met with President Arif Alvi at his official
residence, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and newly-appointed Minister of State
for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar.
Omar has also previously spoken on the Kashmir issue,
including through her social media profiles, particularly in the wake of
India’s decision to revoke the special status of the Indian occupied part of