US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar will visit Pakistan tomorrow to meet the senior leadership of the country. She will also visit Azad Kashmir as well on her tour to Pakistan.
According to media reports, she will land in Pakistan. No further details of her visit to Pakistan have been shared on the media.
Ilhan Omar is a strong supporter of human rights and protests against Islamophobia. She has been critical of the ongoing onslaught of Indian armed forces in Kashmir. She had been against the Muslim ban enforced by the Trump administration.
Omar stated that “Trump’s Muslim ban is what Israel is implementing, this time against two duly elected Members of Congress. Denying entry into Israel not only limits our ability to learn from Israelis, but also the Palestinian territories.”
She added: “Sadly, this is not a surprise, given the public positions of Prime Minister Netanyahu, who has consistently resisted peace efforts, restricted the freedom of movement of Palestinians, limited public knowledge of the brutal realities of the occupation, and aligned himself with Islamophobes like Donald Trump.”
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Omar challenges Indian journalist
Omar faced abuse back in 2019 from Indian Twitter after she challenged Indian journalist Aarti Tikko Singh’s report on the aggression of the Indian Army in IIOJK. She had criticized Singh for whitewashing the atrocities of Indian Amry in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu Kashmir.
“Ms. Singh, a reporter’s job is to find the objective truth about what is happening and report it to the public. You have an enormous audience at The Times of India and you have an enormous responsibility to get it right. I am aware of how the narrative shaped by reporting can distort the truth. I am also very aware of how it could be limited to sharing only the official site of the story,” Omar said.
“The press is at its worst when it is a mouthpiece for a government. In your version of the story, the only problems in Kashmir are caused by what you call militants, the only people protesting to break away from India; and are all nefariously backed by Pak.”
Omar didn’t stop there: “You also make the incredible dubious claim that the Indian government’s crackdown in Kashmir is good for human rights. If it was good for human rights, Ms. Singh, it wouldn’t be happening in secret. You make, what I might call, a feminist case for the occupation of Kashmir and communication shutdowns, saying it will be better for women.”