‘Why can’t our diplomats do homework?’ Pak Twitter on Maleeha Lodhi’s UN gaffe
Maleeha Lodhi , Pakistan’s envoy to the UN, used a picture from Gaza to show Indian “atrocities” in Kashmir.Updated: Sep 25, 2017 13:01 IST
Maleeha Lodhi , Pakistan’s permanent representative to the United Nations, goofed up at the international stage on Saturday when she used a picture from Gaza to show “Indian atrocities in Kashmir”.
Lodhi was responding to external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj’s speech, where she called Pakistan a “pre-eminent export factory for terror”. However, the photo Lodhi displayed at the UN as proof of “Indian violence in Jammu and Kashmir” was of 17-year-old Rawya Abu Jom, who was injured when two Israeli airstrikes hit her family’s apartment in Gaza during the 2014 war.
The media in Pakistan, which had earlier reacted sharply to Swaraj’s speech, hailed Lodhi’s response as befitting. News reports in Pakistani dailies focussed extensively on Lodhi’s remarks, especially her allegations that India was the mother of terrorism in South Asia.
On Twitter, however, many Pakistanis called out their envoy for the embarrassing gaffe, saying it undermined the seriousness of her response.
Maleeha Lodhi messed up her strong rebuttal by showing pic from Gaza instead of IoK. Why can't our diplomats do their homework? pic.twitter.com/zFFC9pXlo8— Gen Ghulam Mustafa-R (@_GhulamMustafa_) September 24, 2017
Did the so called learned Maleeha Lodhi actually weaken the Kashmir cause by using a fake picture in UNGA?— Fatah (@fatah_pak) September 24, 2017
She should be fired. NOW.
Pak permanent representative at UN Maleeha Lodhi goofs up, tries to pass off image of Gaza teen as Kashmir girl https://t.co/AZNqAigi6j— Umar Cheema (@UmarCheema1) September 24, 2017
Others pointed out that though the photo was from Gaza, it did not negate the fact that “India used pellet guns against Kashmiri protestors”.
World forgets what Maleeha Lodhi told about India's real atrocities in Kashmir. All they remember is she presented a fake image at #UNGA.— Dr Saqlain Shah (@DrSaqlainSh) September 24, 2017
Ignoring the image controversy as a blunder, the reality is, Maleeha Lodhi slapped back at India literally hard.— Dr Saqlain Shah (@DrSaqlainSh) September 24, 2017
First Published: Sep 25, 2017 12:26 IST