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In many Congress hearings related to India, Omar has consistently shown an anti-India stand. Omar’s resolution condemns alleged human rights violations in India and violations of international religious freedom
Supporter of Pakistan and Democratic Party MP Ilhan Omar (Ilhan Omar) the US House of Representatives (US House of Representatives) has introduced a resolution in which India has been criticized for allegedly violating the human rights of minorities, especially Muslims. His proposal has been appreciated by the Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC), a Muslim organization of America. Omar is identified as a pro-Pakistan leader. He had visited Pakistan in April and also met many leaders including PM Shahbaz Sharif.
Co-sponsored by US lawmakers Rashida Talib and Juan Vargas, the resolution urges the State Department to implement the recommendations of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), and makes India a country of special concern under the International Religious Freedom Act. (CPC) has also been demanded to be declared.
Ministry not obliged to accept the recommendation of USCIRF
However, the Ministry of State is in no way bound to follow the recommendations of the USCIRF and over the years many administrations have not given any special attention to its recommendations. The IAMC issued a statement commending Omar and two other MPs for moving the resolution. Omar has consistently adopted an anti-India stand in many Congress actions related to India in America.
Syed Afzal Ali, the organization’s president, said, “It is sad to see that the country we love is discriminating against its most vulnerable citizens and walking on the path of bigotry, intolerance.” However, such a resolution is unlikely to pass, especially given the vindictive stand of MP Omar. He has openly supported Pakistani officials on the issue of India on many occasions.
Omar’s persistent anti-India stand
In many Congress hearings related to India, Omar has consistently shown an anti-India stand. Omar’s resolution condemns alleged human rights violations in India and violations of international religious freedom, including “targeting” Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Dalits, tribals and other religious and cultural minorities. It expresses serious concern over the “bad treatment” of religious minorities in India.
Earlier, India had rejected its criticism in the US State Department report on religious freedom, saying it was unfortunate that “vote bank politics” is being practiced in international relations as well. Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi had said that the report on India was “totally biased”.
India criticized Umar’s PoK visit
Earlier, US lawmaker Ilhan Abdullah Omar had visited Pakistan in April and met top leaders of the country, including former Prime Minister Imran Khan. She also went to Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK). The purpose of this visit is not yet known.
India condemned Ilhan Omar’s visit to PoK, saying his visit to the region violated the country’s sovereignty and reflected his “narrow-minded” politics. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi had said, “If someone does such narrow-minded politics in his country, then it does not make any sense to us. But if someone violates our territorial integrity and sovereignty in this sequence, it becomes a matter related to us. This journey is condemnable.”
Ilhan Omar has been told on the website of the US House of Representatives that she is the first African refugee who has won the election and reached the US Parliament. Omar was elected MP from Minnesota in 2019. She is also the first black woman to win the election from this parliamentary seat.
Born in Somalia, Omar’s family left the country in the early 90s when she was eight years old because of the civil war. Omar, along with Rashida Tlaib, is one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress and the first minority woman from Minnesota to serve as a US representative.