Pakistan's 'fake photo episode' miffs UNGA Prez Miroslav Lajcak

ANI | Updated: Sep 27, 2017 17:57 IST

New York [U.S.A], Sep 27 (ANI): Incorrect use of a photograph by Pakistan at the United Nations has miffed Unite Nations General Assembly (UNGA) President. He has assured that he would "certainly think" about how to deal with incorrect use of pictures by nations from the world body's platform.

UNGA President was asked if he would like to see "some sort of factual baseline" set so that "when people make a mistake they correct it, not in terms of an opinion statement, but the use of a photograph."

Lajcak said, "I will certainly think about it."

Earlier when Pakistan's Ambassador to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi showed a picture of Palestinian victim and tried to pass it off as 'evidence' of atrocities by India on Kashmiris, New Delhi on Monday lambasted Islamabad and said that the image was presented to "push a completely false narrative."

Indian diplomat Paulomi Tripathi gave reply at the United Nations General Assembly and said, "I take the floor to respond to the statement made by the Permanent Representative of Pakistan in the exercise of right of reply, in the evening of Saturday, September 23."

She further stated that the permanent representative of Pakistan, Maleeha Lodhi in her statement, sought to divert attention from Pakistan's role as the hub of global terrorism.

"She did so by callously holding up a picture of an injured girl," Tripathi said

The Indian diplomat told the assembly that the photograph was of Rawya abu Jom'a, a girl from Palestine.

"The picture was taken on July 22, 2014 by an American photographer Heidi Levine. This photograph was published by New York Times on March 24, 2015 under the caption 'Conflict, Courage and Healing in Gaza'," said Tripathi.

She further said that the Permanent Representative of Pakistan misled this Assembly by displaying this picture to spread falsehoods about India, adding that, "A fake picture (was presented) to push a completely false narrative."

Tripathi also asserted that in view of this "cynical and misleading" attempt by Pakistan, India is constrained to show this Assembly, a photograph that reflects the real picture of pain inflicted by the nefarious designs of Pakistan on India.

Presenting a picture, Tripathi said, "This is a real and not a fake picture of Lt. Umar Faiyaz. A young officer from the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir. Umar Faiyaz was kidnapped at a wedding celebration. He was brutally tortured and killed by Pakistan supported terrorists in May 2017."

She further stated that this is a true picture and portrays a harsh and tragic reality.

"A picture of terrorism emanating from across our borders that the people of India, especially in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, have to struggle with, every day. This is the reality which the Permanent Representative of Pakistan sought to obfuscate," Tripathi told the assembly.

The Indian diplomat further said that the true face of Pakistan is not hidden from anyone.

Maleeha Lodhi had resorted to dramatically waving 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. (ANI)