September 2017 News

India Shows Image Of Martyred Kashmiri Army Officer At UN

25 September 2017
Times of India
Sachin Parashar

New Delhi: After Pakistan described India as mother of terrorism in South Asia, India came up with a stunning rebuttal Monday with a young Indian diplomat accusing Pakistan of using fakes to embellish its false narrative on Kashmir and waving the photo of a martyred Kashmiri Indian Army officer to drive home India's point on cross-border terrorism perpetrated by Pakistan. Paulomi Tripathi, secretary with India's permanent mission to the UN, held up together 2 photographs - one showing the army officer and the other of Pakistan's permanent representative to UN Maleeha Lodhi brandishing the picture of a Palestinian woman whom she had described as a Kashmiri - and declared, 'True face of Pakistan is not hidden from anyone'. The army officer shown in the picture was Lieutenant Umar Faiyaz who was abducted and killed by terrorists in J&K's Shopian district. A 2007 batch IFS officer, Tripathi, who took on Pakistan's most experienced diplomat at the UN, is the junior-most Indian diplomat at India's permanent mission to the UN in New York which is headed by Syed Akbaruddin. Tripathi was a deliberate choice to portray India as a storehouse of young talent, a point which foreign minister Sushma Swaraj too had sought to make as she ripped Pakistan apart over cross-border terrorism in her UNGA address. Tripathi handles human rights at the Indian Permanent Mission. In view of Lodhi's cynical attempt to mislead the UN, a confident Tripathi said, India had been constrained to show the Assembly a photograph (of Faiyaz) that reflected the real picture of pain inflicted by the nefarious designs of Pakistan. 'This is a real and not a fake picture of Lt. Umar Faiyaz, a young officer from the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir. Umar Faiyaz was kidnapped at a wedding celebration. He was brutally tortured and killed by Pakistan supported terrorists in May 2017,' said Tripathi, as she displayed the photo of Faiyaz. 'This is a true picture. It portrays a harsh and tragic reality. A picture of terrorism emanating from across our borders that the people of India, especially in the state of Jammu and Kashmir have to struggle with, every day. This is the reality which the Permanent Representative of Pakistan sought to obfuscate,' she added. Tripathi accused Lodhi of yet again seeking to divert attention from Pakistan's role as the hub of global terrorism. 'She did so by callously holding up a picture of an injured girl,' said Tripathi. Lodhi, while exercising Pakistan's right to reply, had sought to counter foreign minister Sushma Swaraj's strong indictment of Pakistan's conduct on terrorism by displaying a picture of a woman she thought was a Kashmiri pellet gun victim. As Tripathi said in her speech, it was actually a photograph of Rawya abu Jom'a, a girl from Palestine. The picture was taken on 22 July 2014 by an American photographer Heidi Levine. This photograph was published by New York Times on 24 March 2015 under the caption 'Conflict, Courage and Healing in Gaza'. 'The Permanent Representative of Pakistan misled this Assembly by displaying this picture to spread falsehoods about India. A fake picture to push a completely false narrative,' said Tripathi.

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