In her efforts to portray India as the aggressor, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi displayed a picture of a girl who was supposedly a pellet gun victim from Kashmir. Only, it turned out to be one of a Palestinian girl, 17-year-old Rawya abu Jom’a who was injured in air strikes in Gaza. The picture was taken by award-winning American photographer Heidi Levine and was published on the websites of the New York Times and the British daily The Guardian.
The picture was taken on July 22, 2014 at the Shifa hospital in Gaza City. Rawya was wounded when two Israeli air strikes hit her family’s apartment. Three of her cousins and her sister were killed in the strike, according to the report in The Guardian.
Lodhi, using her right to reply to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s speech at the UN, dramatically waived the picture to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) as ‘evidence’ of atrocities on Kashmiris. The girl, with pellet injuries on her face, “was the face of Indian democracy”, Lodhi said. Lodhi, however, tried to pass off the picture as one of the Kashmiri victims who were injured by pellet guns during agitation following the death of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani last year. Her response at the UN came following Swaraj’s where she hit out at Pakistan for creating terror groups like LeT, JeM, Hizbul Mujahideen and the Haqqani Network while India created IITs, IIMs and ISRO.