Award-winning photographer Heidi Levine on Wednesday thanked the media for pointing out the mistake Pakistan’s Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi committed at the United Nations General Assembly, where the envoy was seen waving the image of a Palestinian girl as a victim of Kashmir unrest.
Speaking to ANI, the photojournalist said she was surprised to see her photograph being shown at the United Nations General Assembly.
“Grateful that media caught and pointed it out. It’s unfair for the dignity of Rawya who’s still struggling to overcome her injuries,” she said.
She also confirmed that the photograph was taken during the war between Israel and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.
Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Maleeha Lodhi in her right to reply to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s speech at the UN showed pictures of Palestinian victims and tried to pass them off as ‘evidence’ of atrocities on Kashmiris.
Maleeha Lodhi resorted to waving dramatic pictures of a girl with pellet injuries on her face and added, “This was the face of Indian democracy”, while suggesting that Kashmiris had been injured by pellet guns.
India in its reply, slammed Pakistan for using a “fake picture” in the UN General Assembly to push a “completely false narrative”.
The picture used by Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN was reported by the media as that of Rawia Abu Joma’a, a 17-year-old girl injured in Israeli airstrikes on Gaza city in 2014.