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Pakistan envoy commits embarrassing blunder at UN, calls Gaza War picture as ‘face of Indian democracy’

However, the picture Lodhi displayed at the UN was of 17-year-old Rawya abu Joma'a of Gaza, who was injured when two Israeli air strikes pummelled her family's apartment in Gaza in 2014

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 24, 2017 7:38 pm
Maleeha Lodhi, Maleeha Lodhi blunder, Maleeha Lodhi UN speech blunder, Pakistan UN ambassador Maleeha Lodhi, India Pakistan relations, United Nations General Assembly, Gaza, Kashmir, indian express Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN, Maleeha Lodhi, responding to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj at the UN. (Source: Twitter/PakistanUN)

Maleeha Lodhi, Pakistan’s permanent representative to the United Nations, was left red-faced on Sunday after she committed an embarrassing gaffe by labelling a picture taken from Gaza as the “face of Indian democracy”. Lodhi was attempting to counter India at the UN General Assembly, a day after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj branded Pakistan as “pre-eminent export factory for terror”.

While exercising her right to reply, Lodhi flashed a picture of an injured Gaza woman whose face was peppered with alleged pellet gun wounds. “This is the face of Indian democracy,” Lodhi claimed, alleging that the woman shown in the picture was a victim of pellet guns in Kashmir.

However, the picture Lodhi displayed at the UN was of 17-year-old Rawya abu Joma’a of Gaza, who was injured when two Israeli air strikes pummelled her family’s apartment in Gaza in 2014. The picture, taken by award-winning American photo journalist Heidi Levine, is available on multiple news websites.

Lodhi, who is generally active on social media, has remained silent since it emerged that she posed a fake picture during her right of reply at the UN General Assembly.

ALSO READ: We produced IITs and IIMs, you Jaish and Lashkar: Sushma Swaraj tears into Pakistan

On Saturday, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, in her speech at the United Nations General Assembly, launched a stinging attack on Pakistan for creating terrorist outfits like Lashkar-e-Taiba, Hizbul Mujahideen and the Haqqani Network.  “We (India) produced scholars, doctors, engineers. What have you produced? You have produced terrorists,” Swaraj said in her speech in Hindi. “Doctors save people from death; terrorists send them to death… We produced IITs, IIMs, AIIMS and space reserach centre, you produced Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, Haqqani Network and Hizbul Mujahideen.”

Sushma Swaraj UNGA address: Full text of her speech

(With inputs from Agencies)

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    Sep 25, 2017 at 10:40 pm
    This woman smokes and drinks all the time and her government enables her smoking drinking by retaining her as permanent representative in New York. She can't keep up her habits at home. All that smoke fogs her brain and she b l u n d e r s along.
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      Sep 25, 2017 at 10:39 pm
      This woman smokes and drinks all the time and her government enables her smoking drinking by retaining her as permanent representative in New York. She can't keep up her habits at home. All that smoke fogs her brain and she b ers along.
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        manas
        Sep 25, 2017 at 10:05 am
        A nation whose foundation/ ba t itself is a "BIG LIE" The lie is that they are Muslim. Being part of Indus valley civilisation all South asians are Hindus. The moment they diviate from this basic core truth, everything coming out from them is either a direct or indirect lie or at best something undefined but certainly not a truth
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        1. Shashank Sinha
          Sep 25, 2017 at 8:13 am
          The world community are very well aware about the situations prevailing in Pakistan.Pakistan has the unique credit of carrying out the biggest genocide in Bangladesh which ultimately cost them East Pakistan. But fools fail to take lessons.They are now repeating the same atrocities in Baloochistan. It is very funny when they accuse others of Human Rights violations and everyone laughed at their PM in UNGA during his address. To add to it further,the great lady of Pakistan waved a picture to prove HR violations in J K but the attempt badly misfired. But they are a shameless lot. The end of Pakistan is now evident.Just it's a matter of time.
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            Insaan
            Sep 25, 2017 at 4:43 am
            Is that one of the pictures their handlers in the valley use to instigate gullible Indian youths in Kashmir?
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