Ilhan Omar’s Meeting with Imran Khan Stirs Controversy in Pakistan


US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. — Getty Images file

ISLAMABAD — US Rep Ilhan Omar’s visit to Islamabad — the first by an American legislator since the new government took office last week — was dominated by a controversy over her meeting with ex-premier Imran Khan who claims Washington had conspired to dislodge his government.

Ms Omar met a range of Pakistani leaders, including President Arif Alvi, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Khar and National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, but it was her meeting with Mr Khan that hogged the spotlight, writes Dawn.

Former human rights minister in Khan’s cabinet, Dr Shireen Mazari, tweeted about the meeting. “US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar called on Chairman PTI in Bani Gala. They discussed Islamophobia & related issues. @Ilhan expressed her admiration for @ImranKhanPTI & his position on & work against Islamophobia globally. IK appreciated her courageous & principled position on issues,” Dr Mazari said.

Social media immediately questioned Mr Khan about the meeting with the American legislator and reminded him of his criticism of US officials meeting opposition figures.

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