Washington, September 25: India on Monday came with a strong rebuttal at the United Nations accusing Pakistan of using fake pictures to embellish its false narrative on Kashmir. Paulomi Tripathi, Secretary to India’s permanent mission to the UN, waved photo of a martyred Kashmiri Indian Army officer to put a point of cross-border terrorism perpetrated by Pakistan at the international forum. Also Read - Has Pakistan PM Imran Khan Tested Positive For Coronavirus? Here's the Truth Behind the Viral Claim
On Sunday, Pakistani diplomat Maleeha Lodhi tried to pass off a Palestinian woman as a victim of pellet gunfire in Kashmir. “The Permanent Representative of Pakistan misled this Assembly by displaying this picture to spread falsehoods about India. A fake picture to push a completely false narrative,” Tripathy said. Also Read - COVID-19: 194 New Cases Emerge in Single Day, Death Toll Reaches 23; Is India Ready For Stage 3?
She held up together two photographs – one showing the army officer and the other of Palestinian woman whom Lodhi had described as a Kashmiri. Also Read - Covid-19: Our Response Has Been Pre-Emptive, Lockdown Was Not Without Planning, Says Centre
The army officer shown in the picture was Lieutenant Umar Faiyaz who was abducted and killed by terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district. “This is a real picture, of Lt Ummer Fayaz, a young officer from J&K. He was brutally tortured and killed by Pakistan supported terrorists,” she said.
“This is the reality that Permanent Representative of Pakistan (Maleeha Lodhi) sought to obfuscate,” Tripathi said.
“Pakistan misled the assembly by displaying the picture to spread falsehoods about India. Fake picture to push a completely false narrative,” she further added.
On Sunday, Maleeha Lodhi waved dramatic pictures of a girl with pellet injuries on her face and said, “this was the face of Indian democracy” while suggesting that Kashmiris had been injured by pellet guns.
The picture used by Lodhi at 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 in Gaza city in 2014. Rawia’s picture was taken by award-winning photographer Heidi Levine, when she was admitted after facing severe injuries.