After India, Afghanistan slams Pakistan for Maleeha Lodhi’s photo faux pax

Terming as “arrogant” external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj’s scathing attack on Islamabad at the United Nations for being the pre-eminent terror factory, a state-run Chinese daily has in a grudging admission said “there is indeed terrorism in Pakistan“. “He was brutally tortured and killed by Pakistan-supported terrorists in May 2017”. Along with this Tripathi also saw a picture of Lieutenant Umar Fayaz in the killing in Kashmir, in the meeting.

“These former members of RSS, who are now part of the Indian ruling elite, are pursuing the same policy across India and especially in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. We are constrained to show a photo that reflects real picture of pain inflicted by nefarious designs of Pakistan on India”. “She did so by callously holding up a picture of an injured girl” from Gaza. “The true face of Pakistan is not hidden from anyone”, Tripathi said as she displayed the two pictures again to the global community.

Following India’s statement, both Afghanistan and Pakistan spoke again, exercising their respective “Rights of Reply”.

“The picture was taken on 22 July 2014 by an American photographer Heidi Levine”.

He accused India of war crimes and alleged it was backing Islamic terrorist organisations like the terrorist organisations like Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA). This photograph was published by New York Times on 24 March 2015 under the caption “Conflict, Courage and Healing in Gaza”.

For contrast, Tripathi held up a picture of the body of Lt. Umar Faiyaz surrounded by mourners, and another of Lodhi displaying the fake picture.

“We regret that the Afghan Permanent Representative has yet again chosen to criticise Pakistan for its internal problems”. Umar Fayaz was kidnapped at a wedding celebration.

Caught using a fake picture, a Pakistani diplomat made the weird statement that “backing up debates with pictures has backfired” on India while responding to Tripathi.

The report also said even though Pakistan has been rapidly expanding its nuclear arsenal, there is no public information available on where these weapons are stored and where they are being produced. “The real issue is of human life, of human eyes, of children and infants blinded forever”, he said.

A Chinese daily has slammed India’s Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj for her strong criticism of Pakistan for harbouring terrorists, saying it is “politically imbecilic and unsophisticated” to think that Islamabad exports terrorism.

“Kashmiris will take bullet after bullet; pallet after pallet but will never give up”.

Usman alleged that India’s diversionary tactics will not change the situation on ground. “It is the situation on ground that India has to answer for”, said Usman.

An editorial in Pakistan’s The Express Tribune called the photo incident a “gaffe” and said Pakistan should apologise.

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