In a big embarrassment for Pakistan, its envoy to the United Nations, Maleeha Lodhi passed off a 2014 Gaza war victim's photograph as an image of Indian atrocities at the UN General Assembly.
Responding to Sushma Swaraj's 'terrorism' charge, Lodhi in the middle of a speech held up a photograph of an injured girl terming it as the face of "Indian democracy".
In her reply to Indian FM's speech in UNGA, Amb. Lodhi showed a pic of pellet gun injured women frm Kashmir saying this is the face of India pic.twitter.com/StuG3arPoN— Pakistan Mission UN (@PakistanUN_NY) September 24, 2017
She further termed India as the "mother of terrorism" in South Asia and accused India of sponsoring terrorism in various parts of Pakistan.
However, it later emerged that the wounded girl in the said photograph was not a Kashmiri. She was a 17-year-old Gazan named Rawya abu Jom, who had been injured during an airstrike by Israeli forces, according to this Guardian report.
The image was taken by Jerusalem-based award-winning photojournalist Heidi Levine when she was covering Gaza war in 2014.
Needless to say, Pakistan's fraud was slammed on Twitter
Pak red faced after envoy Maleeha Lodhi shows picture of Gaza, Palestine as from Kashmir at UNGA.— kamaljit sandhu (@kamaljitsandhu) September 24, 2017
I think many of these Pak ambassadors are on India's payroll. There can be no other reason for collective suicide.https://t.co/YXHHUNA0Lp— Major Gaurav Arya (@majorgauravarya) September 24, 2017
@UN should expel Pakistan for lying on the floor & bringing disrespect with blatant lie.— Dr. Tapan K Mohanta (@mohantatapan) September 24, 2017