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India Accuses Pak of Misleading UN Assembly

NEW YORK, SEPT. 25: In a strong rebuttal of Pakistan's charge of India being "mother of terrorism in South Asia'', India on Monday asserted that the Permanent Representative of Pakistan had sought to divert attention from her country's role as the hub of global terrorism.

A young Indian diplomat Paulomi Tripathi, in her statement at the UN in exercise of India's right of reply, accused Pakistan's Permanent Representative of misleading the assembly to spread falsehood against India by displaying a 2014 picture of Rawya aby Jom'a, a girl from Palestine, to show "brutality'' of India in Kashmir.

The Indian diplomat accused Pakistan of brandishing a fake picture to embellish its false narrative on Kashmir. Ms. Tripathi waved the photo of a martyred Indian Army officer from Kashmir Lieutenant Umar Faiyaz who had been killed by Pakistan supported terrorists in May this year.  She pointed out that Lt Faiyaz was kidnapped at a wedding celebration, brutally tortured and killed by Pak-supported terrorists. 

“This is a true picture. It portrays a harsh and tragic reality. A picture of terrorism emanating from across our border that the people of India, especially in the state of Jammu and Kashmir have to struggle with everyday. This is the reality which the Permanent Representative of Pakistan sought to obfuscate,'' the Indian diplomat who handles human rights at India's Permanent Mission at the U.N. pointed out while taking on Pakistan's seasoned diplomat at the U.N. 

Paulomi Tripathi  held up together the two photographs - one of Lt- Umar Faiyaz and the other of Pakistan's permanent representative to UN Maleeha Lodhi showing the picture of a Palestinian girl and declared, "True face of Pakistan is not hidden from anyone.'' 

Ms. Tripathi belongs to 2007 batch of the Indian Foreign Service and is a junior ranking diplomat at India's permanent mission to the U.N. which is headed by Syed Akbaruddin who had earlier served in New Delhi as the MEA's spokesperson. 

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