India nailed Pakistan on terrorism at the UN General Assembly. But Islamabad is not in a mood to accept the truth. A day after Pakistan’s failed attempt to attack India at the UNGA with a fake photo, Islamabad accused India of using the photo gaffe to divert the world’s attention from “situation on the ground” in Kashmir.
Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the UN Maleeha Lodhi had used a fake picture in the UN General Assembly on Sunday to “push a completely fake” narrative against India. Lodhi had presented an image of a girl from Gaza as a victim of pellet guns in Kashmir.
While exercising her right to reply hours after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj blasted Islamabad for its support to terrorism, Lodhi committed a major goof-up. She held up a photograph of a woman whose face was peppered with alleged pellet gun wounds. “This is the face of Indian democracy,” Lodhi had said. However, the picture of 17-year-old Rawya abu Joma’a of Gaza, an alleged victim of an Israeli attack was actually taken by award-winning American photojournalist Heidi Levine in July, 2014.
India strongly responded to Pakistan’s mischief. Paulomi Tripathi, a junior most Indian diplomat at the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations, 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.”
Instead of accepting its lies, Pakistan reacted strongly to India’s reaction on the fake photo. Islamabad’s Permanent Mission to the UN accused India of diverting attention. According to Dawn, Pakistani representative asserted, “No matter how many times you repeat a lie, it does not and cannot hide the truth.”
The representative alleged India has “once again chosen to divert the attention of the international community from the real issue…in Jammu and Kashmir.”
The Dawn further quoted Pakistani representative as saying, “India’s diversionary tactics will not change the situation on ground. It is the situation on ground that India has to answer for. It is its war crimes that India has to answer for. It is the call for legality, morality and conscience that it has to answer for.”
In her speech at the UNGA on Sunday, MEA Sushma Swaraj had said, “We are completely engaged in fighting poverty; alas, our neighbour Pakistan seems only engaged in fighting us. On Thursday, from this dais, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahid Khakan Abbasi wasted rather too much of his speech in making accusations against us. He accused India of State-sponsored terrorism, and of violating human rights. Those listening had only one observation: ‘Look who’s talking!’ A country that has been the world’s greatest exporter of havoc, death and inhumanity became a champion of hypocrisy by preaching about humanity and human rights from this podium.”