UNITED NATIONS: India’s attempt to rake up a debate about a picture of a pellets-hit girl shown by Pakistan’s UN Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi in the General Assembly on Saturday appears to have backfired.
Instead, according to observers here, India’s use of pellet guns against Kashmiris fighting Indian occupation received more international coverage.
Pictures of pelleted Kashmiris were tweeted extensively Sunday night under the hashtag #MaleehaBlastedIndia. This hashtag reached around 3.3 million hits that analysts called a solid reminder to the Indians about the atrocities they are carrying out against the people of Kashmir.
On the other hand, twitter support to Ambassador Lodhi, who spoke in right of reply to Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma’s Swaraj’s statement, antagonized many Indians. But, one observer commented, “Their (Indians) hatred for her is a badge of honour for Maleeha.”
The debate picture has appeared in Kashmir websites for years, and Indian websites too. The Hindustan Times has used it all the while, only to remove it the day of of Pakistan’s right of reply.
While apologist for India’s brazen violation of the UN Charter and human rights can debate pictures, facts however, are clear and uncontested, observers noted.
“Pictures and videos of close to a thousand pellet gun victims testify to Indian brutality,” one observer said. In addition, scores of articles, both in Indian and international media prove the use of pellet guns by Indian security forces as a tool of suppression to crackdown on Kashmiri freedom fighters.
The Guardian has termed blinding of Kashmiris by pellet guns in Indian occupied Kashmir as one of the biggest blinding activity of human history.
“Can India deny using pellet guns to blind Kashmiri
people?,” a political observer asked.
“Facts are for all to see; Indian Authorities are inflicting unimaginable physical harm and permanent disability on unarmed civilians of Indian occupied Kashmir, and no amount of gimmickry can change that.”
The only crime of these unarmed, peaceful Kashmiri protesters is their legitimate demand for their right to self determination, he said.