India Blasts Rep. Omar’s Visit to Kashmir Region as “Condemnable”

In a blunt statement showing the country’s disdain for her actions, India’s government strongly condemned this week’s visit by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn) to the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.

Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi told a press conference Thursday that Omar brought “narrow-minded politics” to her “condemnable” four-day visit. He chastised the congresswoman to act on those political beliefs at home but to avoid violating India’s “territorial integrity and sovereignty.”

Omar met with Pakistan’s Minister of State Hina Rabbani Khar, who expressed her appreciation for the American politician raising her voice against “Indian atrocities in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu Kashmir.” Or, as Indian officials refer to it, Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

If this rhetoric sounds familiar, it’s because Khar went on to express solidarity with the Palestinian people.

The day before, Omar met with Pakistani leaders in Islamabad. Omar is a vocal critic of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi over what she says are the anti-Muslim policies of the government.

She questioned the Biden administration earlier this month over what she claims is their silence on human rights violations against Muslim minorities in India. Days after her criticism, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the State Department is monitoring an increase in abuses by some Indian officials.

In the wake of recent upheaval in the Pakistani government that some blame on U.S. conspirators, Omar also met with former Prime Minister Imran Khan. This led Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah to question whether the meeting was “part of a conspiracy or was it interference?”

Three wars have been fought between India and Pakistan over the territory, which each claim in its entirety but rule in part. Both countries were part of the British Empire until 1947, and both are nuclear-armed.

Exactly what constituency is Rep. Omar representing in her visit to the disputed Kashmir territory and meeting with the now-deposed prime minister? The last thing the world needs in 2022 is a congressperson from Minnesota — or anywhere else — stoking flames in a third-world fire that will still be burning long after we are all gone.