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Pak diplomat fires a 'Kashmir salvo' at India, but boomerangs

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Maleeha Lodhi Twitter

It was intended to be an attack, laden with proof, on the world's biggest democracy. But Pakistan ended up using the wrong arsenal while training guns at its neighbor when global powers had come together during a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly.

While accusing India of sponsoring terrorism, Pakistan's ambassador to the UN, Maleeha Lodhi, showed the picture of a Gaza girl as that of a Kashmiri.

Lodhi termed India as the 'mother of terrorism' while exercising her right to reply after external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj hit out at Pakistan on Saturday for creating terror groups, including LeT, JeM and Hizbul Mujahideen.

It was quite significant that the top Pakistani diplomat took up the floor to launch a verbal dual against India, given that usually such responses are given by a junior-level foreign service official.

Lodhi, while accusing India of 'creating terror groups' and 'crimes against humanity' in Kashmir, showed the photo of a severely injured girl with blood spots all over her face. An image of Lodhi brandishing the image was also tweeted by a twitter handle, reportedly the official handle of Pakistan mission to the UN.

However, much to the embarrassment for Pakistan, it turned out that the image was that of a girl injured in Israeli airstrike in Gaza strip. The picture has been featured in several galleries and has won awards to the photographer Heidi Levine.

Lodhi in her response said the 'largest democracy' is also 'the world's largest hypocrisy' and it's ruled by the 'fascist' ideology.

"Much of what is in the air in India now is pure terror, in Kashmir, in other places," Lodhi Saturday evening quoted a statement made by novelist Arundhati Roy to attack India.

In her speech, Swaraj had said prime minister Narendra Modi has offered the hand of peace and friendship since he assumed office. "Pakistan's prime minister must answer why his nation spurned this offer," she said.

(With inputs from agencies)

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