In its right to reply to Pakistan’s permanent representative’s address on Sunday, the Indian representative in her statement took that country to task and said that it tried to divert attention from Pak’s role as a hub of global terrorism. India, while exercising its right to reply in the UN General Assembly went on to say that the Pakistan representative diverted attention on its role as a global hub of terrorism by holding up a fake picture of an injured girl, and thereby sought to mislead the assembly and spread falsehood about India, as per ANI report. She added that fake picture was used to push a false narrative, the report added. Earlier on Sunday, Pakistan representative, Maleeha Lodhi on the floor of the UN General Assembly, held up a photograph of a girl whose face was peppered with pellet gun wounds. “This is the face of Indian democracy,” Lodhi had claimed.
As it turned out, Pakistan representative used a photo of 17-year-old Rawya abu Joma’a of Gaza, Palestine an alleged victim of an Israeli attack. Interestingly, the picture was actually taken by award-winning American photojournalist Heidi Levine in July 2014. “Rawya abu Joma’a, 17, at the Shifa hospital in Gaza City. Rawya was wounded when two Israeli air strikes hit her family’s apartment. Three of her cousins and her sister were killed in the strike,” says the caption of the photo on the website of the UK’s Guardian newspaper, according to PTI.
Quite evidently, the picture had no connection with Kashmir. Lodhi, who was quite active on social media, including on Twitter, was silent after it emerged that she posed a fake picture during her right of reply at the UN General Assembly. The Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the UN also did not immediately respond to a query by news agency PTI on Lodhi’s apparent use of such a fake picture.