Paulomi Tripathi, Indian diplomat at the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations, led India’s reply to Pakistan for using a ‘fake picture’ in the UN General Assembly to push a ‘completely false narrative’. Earlier, Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the UN Maleeha Lodhi had presented an image of a girl from Gaza as a victim of pellet guns in Kashmir. Exercising her right to reply hours after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj blasted Pakistan for its support to terrorism, Lodhi, in a major goof-up, held up a photograph of a woman whose face was peppered with alleged pellet gun wounds. Lodhi said, “This is the face of Indian democracy.”
Paulomi Tripathi is the junior most Indian diplomat at the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations.
Tripathi had said, “The Permanent Representative of Pakistan misled this Assembly by displaying this picture to spread falsehood about India. A fake picture to push a completely false narrative.”
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Earlier on July 28, India has supported a decision by a UN council to deny granting consultative status to a Geneva-based human rights NGO that has been declared a terrorist organisation by the UAE and whose founder had been sanctioned by the US and the UN. Concerns over the NGO were also expressed by countries, including India, that said it would work with the international community to fight terrorism. India’s representative Paulomi Tripathi had then said during the Council’s meeting that the UAE had raised serious concerns about Fondation Alkarama, affirming that the group had been declared a terrorist organisation.