Pak displayed fake picture to push completely false narrative: India at UNGA

ANI | Updated: Sep 25, 2017 23:42 IST

New York [U.S.A.], Sep 25 (ANI): A day after Pakistan's Ambassador to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi showed pictures of Palestinian victims and tried to pass them off as 'evidence' of atrocities on Kashmiris India on Monday lambasted at Islamabad and said that the estranged neighbour used a fake picture to establish a false narrative.

Permanent Mission of India to U.N., in India's right to reply asserted that, "Pakistan in her statement yet again sought to divert attention from its role as hub of global terrorism. She (Lodhi) did so by callously holding up picture if an injured girl, its was photo of Rawya abu Jom from Palestine."

She further asserted that, "A Fake picture to push completely false narrative in view of this cynical and misleading attempt by Pakistan we are constrained to show that this assembly photograph that reflects the real picture of pain inflicted by the the by nefarious designs of Pakistan on India."

Tripathi also displayed the picture of Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz, a young officer from Jammu and Kashmir, who was brutally tortured and killed by Pakistan supported terrorists in the valley and said, "This is a true picture. It portrays a harsh and tragic reality, a picture of terrorism emanating from across our borders that the people of India expecially in the state of Jammu and Kashmir have to struggle with every day."

She further added that this is the reality that Permanent Representative of Pakistan Maleeha Lodhi sought to obfuscate by showing a fake picture.

Maleeha Lodhi resorted to waving dramatic pictures of a girl with pellet injuries on her face and added, "this was the face of Indian democracy", while suggesting that Kashmiris had been injured by pellet guns.

However, upon closer inspection of the picture, Maleeha Lodhi's claim seemed to have boomeranged on her.

The picture used by Pakistan's Ambassador to the UN was reported by a number of media outlets as that of Rawia Abu Joma'a, a 17-year-old girl injured in Israeli airstrikes on Gaza city in 2014.

Rawia's picture was taken by award winning photographer Heidi Levine.

Earlier, Swaraj had said India has risen despite being the principal destination of Pakistan's nefarious export of terrorism.

"India has risen despite being the principal destination of Pakistan's nefarious export of terrorism. There have been many governments under many parties during 70 years of Indian freedom, for we have been a sustained democracy. Every government has done its bit for India's development. We have marched ahead consistently without pause, in education, health and across the range of human welfare. We established scientific and technical institutions which are the pride of the world," Swaraj said while addressing the 72nd UNGA session in New York.

She also questioned as to what has Pakistan offered to the world and to its own people apart from terrorism.

In a stinging response to Pakistan at the UNGA, she said that India is completely engaged in fighting poverty, whereas Islamabad seems engaged in fighting New Delhi. (ANI)