On Monday, we had reported that Maleeha Lodhi, Pakistan’s representative to the UN, showed a fake image of a “pellet gun victim” calling it the “face of Indian democracy” in the UN General Assembly, trying to malign India’s image. The picture she showed was actually taken in 2014, 2 years before the alleged use of pellet guns by Indian security forces. The woman in the photograph was Rawya Abu Jom’a, a 17-year-old Gazan who had suffered injuries by shrapnel during an airstrike by Israeli forces.
Now, when questioned about the photograph gaffe by its top diplomat, Pakistan on Thursday simply dodged the question and said that the incident cannot be used to turn down an “indisputable fact” that pellet guns were used in Kashmir by the Indian security forces.
Reacting to the photograph blunder, Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria averted the question and instead blamed security forces of India for blinding people of Kashmir. Sourcing PTI, a news report by Zee News quotes Nafees Zakaria saying,
India cannot deny around 80 Kashmiris completely blinded deliberately by its forces and blinding of over 200 innocent Kashmiris in one eye. India cannot deny injuring thousands of Kashmiris using pellet guns… It is an indisputable fact.
Zakaria also accused India of playing the role of spoiler in Afghanistan and using its soil in the name of developmental assistance for carrying out subversive activities in Pakistan. He further said,
We have evidence to this effect, which was shared with the US, the Secretary General of the UN and also with the Afghan authorities.