WASHINGTON: A pro-Pakistani US Democrat has introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives calling on the State Department to condemn India for its egregious violations of religious freedom.
Democratic members of the House of Representatives Ilhan Omar, who is well-known for supporting Pakistan, and Representatives Rashida Tlaib, Jim McGovern, and Juan Vargas are all co-sponsors of the motion.
Omar and Rashida Tlaib, the first Muslim American women elected to Congress, routinely talk about the dangers and challenges faced by Muslims around the world.
Unlike legislation, the resolution on Wednesday requests Secretary of State Antony Blinken to designate India as a “country of particular concern,” a classification the US employs for countries that it believes are perpetrating the most egregious violations of religious freedom.
“The Indian government must be held accountable for violating the human rights of religious and cultural minorities.” “In recent years, the Indian government has increased its repressive actions against Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, and Dalits. It is past time for the State Department to acknowledge the reality of the situation in India by publicly designating it as a Country of Particular Concern under the International Religious Freedom Act “Added Omar.