American MP Ilhan Omar, who is often in controversy due to his anti-India stand, has introduced a resolution in the US Parliament. In this resolution, he has demanded to nominate India as a country where there is a worrying situation of religious freedom. MPs Rashida Talib and Juan Vargas have also supported this proposal.
In this resolution, an appeal has also been made to implement the recommendations of the US Commission for International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). This commission has sought to declare India as a country of ‘special concern over violation of religious freedom’ for the last three years.
Ilhan’s proposal has been sent to the Foreign Affairs Committee for necessary action. Ilhan’s stand on India is not new, she has often been taking controversial steps regarding India and Kashmir.
Controversy over PoK tour in
April Ilhan, who arrived on a 4-day tour of Pakistan on April 20 this year, created a ruckus by visiting PoK. Then India had condemned the US MP’s visit to PoK. Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi had said that he had violated the sovereignty of the country by visiting the area. It shows the narrow minded politics of Omar.
Seeing the growing controversy, the US State Department had to clarify on this. Then Derek Cholet, the counselor to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, had said – this is an unofficial and personal visit. It has nothing to do with America or its policies.
Who is Ilhan Omar?
Ilhan Omar, 39, is a Somalian-American politician who has been elected to the House of Representatives from Minnesota since 2019. She is one of the first two Muslim women lawmakers to reach the US Parliament. She is also the first Somalian-American citizen to enter the US Parliament. Originally she has also been a citizen of Africa.