India had condemned the U.S. Congresswoman’s visit to PoK, saying her travel to the region violated the country’s sovereignty.
Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has introduced a resolution that calls the U.S. Secretary of State to designate India as a country of particular concern for alleged violation of religious freedom.
Co-sponsored by Congresspersons Rashida Talib, Juan Vargas, and Jim McGovern, the resolution urges the Biden administration to implement the recommendations of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom which has called for designating India as a country of particular concern for three consecutive years.
On Tuesday, introduced in the House of Representatives, the resolution has been sent to the House Foreign Affairs Committee for necessary action.
The news about the resolution was first reported, in advance, by a senior official from Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, which also slammed a senior State Department official.
Ms. Omar’s resolution condemns alleged human rights violations and violations of international religious freedom in India, including those “targeting” Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Dalits, Adivasis, and other religious and cultural minorities. It expressed grave concern about the “worsening treatment” of religious minorities in India.