After the Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj lashed out at Pakistan for supporting terrorism, the Pakistani envoy to the UN, Maheela Lodhi, exercised her right to reply and attacked India for “killing hundreds of women, children, and men in Kashmir.”
In her address to the 72nd UN General Assembly session on Saturday, Swaraj had accused Pakistan of waging a war against India and said a country that has been the world’s greatest exporter of havoc, death and inhumanity became a champion of hypocrisy by preaching about humanity from this podium. Swaraj was referring to Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s speech on Thursday wherein he had accused India of state-sponsored terrorism and violating human rights.
Exercising Pakistan’s right to reply, Lodhi held up a photo of a battered girl to show an example of “Indian brutality” and slammed Swaraj for having “deliberately ignored the core issue” of Kashmir in her “vitriol”.
What Lodhi intended as a crisp response to Swaraj’s accusations, actually turned out to be an embarrassing blunder, as the photo she passed off as an evidence of atrocities on Kashmiris, was in fact of a Palestinian victim.
“This is the face of Indian democracy,” Lodhi remarked.
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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.
The picture is available on multiple news websites. 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.
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While blasting India for appointing a fascist government, Lodhi also misquoted the Booker Prize-winning writer Arundhati Roy, saying, “As one of India’s most famous contemporary authors recently said and I quote ‘These horrific murders are only a symptom. Life is hell for the living too. Whole populations of Dalits, Adivasis, Muslims, and Christians are being forced to live in terror, unsure of when and from where the next assault would come’.”
What Roy had actually written was, however a little different from the Pakistani envoy’s quote. Roy wrote, “These horrific murders are only a symptom of a deeper malaise. Life is hell for the living too. Whole populations — millions of Dalits, Adivasis, Muslims, and Christians — are being forced to live in terror, unsure of when and from where the assault will come.”
By omitting ‘millions’, Lodhi took Roy’s arguments to another level and also provided fodder for those politicians and right-wing commentators in India who wish to tie her in front of an army jeep in Kashmir.
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