US congresswoman Ilhan Omar assures AJK President of taking up Kashmir issue with Biden

American politician hopes her visit to Azad Kashmir motivates conversations about human rights violations in Indian occupied Kashmir

05:28 PM | 21 Apr, 2022
US congresswoman Ilhan Omar assures AJK President of taking up Kashmir issue with Biden
Source: @GovtofAJK (Twitter)

ISLAMABAD – United States representative Ilhan Omar has met Azad Jammu and Kashmir President Sultan Mahmood Chaudhary to get first-hand information about the violation of basic human rights in Indian occupied Kashmir.

Ilhan, one of only a handful of Muslim members of Congress, visited Pakistan shortly after the joint alliance government came into power.

During a meeting with AJK President, she said, "I already voiced serious concerns over the human rights violations in the Indian Occupied Kashmir and would take up the issue with the US Congress as well as the Biden administration."

The US dignitary also addressed a presser following her meeting with AJK premier. The outspoken member, known for raising her voice for Muslims, mentioned that the US Foreign Affairs Committee had previously held hearings to investigate the reports of human rights violations in occupied Kashmir and discussed the anti-Muslim rhetoric by Narendra Modi led administration and its repercussions.

Omar also expressed hope that her visit to Azad Kashmir motivates more conversations. “The condemnations and concerns of those who fight for human rights and the question of Kashmir will be included in future hearings in Washington,” she assured.

She said I was honoured for being a part of the conversation regarding the rights of Kashmir, and looked forward to learning about the situation directly, adding human rights have been a priority for her.

Meanwhile, AJK President Chaudhry appreciated the US congresswoman for being vocal on human rights issues. He mentioned that the visit of Ilhan Omar will be a landmark in ties between Islamabad and Washington.

He also mentioned that discussions with the congresswoman regarding the Kashmir issue and the ways in which the struggle can be promoted will prove useful for the settlement of Kashmir.

Ilhan, a Somali-born Muslim-American immigrant who represents Minnesota in the US House of Representatives, arrived in the South Asian country early Wednesday with a delegation including Timothy Mynett, Nicholas Lampson and Tahir Javed.

On Wednesday, the US dignitary called on Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, President Arif Alvi during her maiden visit to Pakistan. She also met ousted Pakistani premier Imran Khan and exchanged views on Islamophobia.

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 26 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains stable against US dollar in the open market on February 26, 2024 (Monday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302 for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 26 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94


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