In their Right to Reply, India called out Pakistan’s grave mistake at the UN and countered with a picture that captured the trauma of Kashmiris and Indians who have to bear the burnt of Pakistan-sponsported terrorism in the Valley. On Sunday, Pak’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Maleeha Lodhi had flashed a picture of an injured Gaza girl with no connection to India while alleging she was 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, on the floor of the UN General Assembly, held up a photograph of a woman whose face was peppered with alleged pellet gun wounds. “This is the face of Indian democracy,” Pak’s Lodhi claimed.
However, the picture was a fake and India pointed that out when they replied to Pakistan. Ms Paulomi Tripathi, Permanent Mission of India to UN pointed out that the picture was taken on July 22 2014 by an American photographer. She called it a fake picture to push a completely false narrative.
She also shared a picture of Lieutenant Ummer Faiyaz, a soldier who was kidnapped at a wedding celebration by terrorists in May 2017, calling it ‘a picture of terrorism’. She said: “This is a true picture. It 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. ”
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Here’s the full text of her reply:
72nd session of UNGA 25 September 2017
Statement in exercise of India’s Right of Reply by Ms. Paulomi Tripathi
The Permanent Representative of Pakistan, in her statement, yet again 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.
It was a photograph of Rawya abu Jom’a, a girl from Palestine. The picture was taken on 22 July 2014 by an American photographer Heidi Levine. This photograph was published by New York Times on 24 March 2015 under the caption ‘Conflict, Courage and Healing in Gaza’.
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.
In view of this cynical and misleading attempt by Pakistan, we are constrained to show this Assembly, a photograph that reflects the real picture of pain inflicted by the nefarious designs of Pakistan on India.
This is a real and not a fake picture of Lt. Umar Faiyaz. A young officer from the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir. Ummer Faiyaz was kidnapped at a wedding celebration. He was brutally tortured and killed by Pakistan supported terrorists in May 2017.
This is a true picture. It 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.
Mr. President, The true face of Pakistan is not hidden from anyone. Thank you Mr. President.
The incident took place when Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz had gone to attend the wedding ceremony of a relative. Fayaz was abducted by five to six militants from his relative’s house in south Kashmir’s Shopian last night. His bullet-riddled body was found in Harmain area of Shopian on Wednesday morning, a police official said. Hailing from Kulgam district, Fayaz was in the Infantry and posted in Akhnoor area in Jammu. He was commissioned in the Army in December last year.
His death, particularly the brutal nature of it had shaken the Valley.