Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar flies to Pakistan to meet ousted Prime Minister Imran Khan to discuss Islamophobia after he was kicked out by a vote of no confidence
- The Minnesota Democrat, one of few Muslim members of Congress, met with Khan at his home in the Bani Ghala neighborhood to discuss Islamophobia
- She also met with members of Pakistan’s parliament, the nation’s President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif
- Late last month Khan accused the U.S. of trying to oust him from power in an extraordinary TV rant ahead of the no-confidence vote in his leadership
- He accused the U.S. of plotting with opposition parties to topple his government
Democratic Squad member Rep. Ilhan Omar flew to Pakistan and met with recently ousted Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad on Wednesday.
The Minnesota Democrat, one of few Muslim members of Congress, met with Khan at his home in the Bani Ghala neighborhood to discuss Islamophobia. She also met with members of Pakistan’s parliament, the nation’s President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.
Late last month Khan accused the U.S. of trying to oust him from power in an extraordinary TV rant ahead of the no-confidence vote in his leadership. He said the U.S. had sought his ousting because he visited with Russian Vladimir Putin the day before he invaded Ukraine. Khan was the first prime minister to be removed by no-confidence vote on April 10.
He accused the U.S. of plotting with opposition parties to topple his government.
‘Pakistan became an independent state in 1947; but the freedom struggle begins again today against a foreign conspiracy of regime change,’ Khan wrote on Twitter shortly after his ouster.
Rep. Ilhan Omar visits with recently ousted Pakistan PM Imran Khan
He said he would not give in to ‘US-backed regime change’ that handed power to ‘pliable crooks’ and ‘national traitors,’ describing the opposition parties.
Kahn had specifically named Donald Lu, assistant secretary for the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs at the Department of State, as being involved in the ‘foreign conspiracy.’
The State Department has said there is ‘absolutely no truth’ to the allegations.
Khan tried to get the military on his side, saying the conspiracy was targeted at the Pakistani Army too. But military spokesman Major-General Babar Iftikhar rejected Khan’s claims.
In a statement following Omar’s meeting with Alvi, the government said: ‘Pakistan values its long standing relationship with the United States of America and expressed the hope that the constructive engagements between the two countries would promote peace and development in the region.’
Omar was quoted as saying ‘she appreciated the role played by Pakistan against Islamophobia, particularly towards the adoption of UN resolution in this regard.’
Omar meets with Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif
Omar meets with Parliament Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf
Omar meets with members of Pakistan’s National Assembly
Pakistan had been a key U.S. ally in the war on terror since Sept. 11, 2001, and the two nations in recent years had worked together to fight the Pakistani Taliban as the terror group gained traction. Relations soured when Khan turned on the U.S.
Omar has been critical Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, particularly over his actions in the Kashmir province, disputed territory between India and Pakistan. She has said that Modi is undergoing a ‘Hindu nationalism project’ and said during a 2019 congressional hearing: ‘Our partnership with India is strategic, but it is also based on our shared values of democracy, religious pluralism and respect of human rights.’
Pakistan’s prime minister reportedly told Omar about the ‘atrocities’ Modi is committing against Muslim minorities in India and accused India of genocide of Muslims.
He also highlighted the role of Pakistan in peace-keeping efforts in the region amid the war on terror.
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