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‘You Are a Thief, Don’t Deserve to Represent Us’: Pakistan Representative to UN Heckled in New York

Author : Odisha Today Bureau | Posted on: 2019-08-13

Pakistan's permanent representative in the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi was left embarrassed during an event in New York when a Pakistani started questioning her of what she has done for Pakistan for all these years.


Pakistan's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Maleeha Lodhi had to leave from an event after a man heckled and accused her of corruption, saying "You are a thief and don't deserve to represent Pakistan". The accusation on Lodhi during an event in New York left her deep embarrassed.


In a video, Lodhi is seeing evading questions raised by the Pakistan national during a UN event here. 


During Lodhi’s interaction with medispersons on the sidelines of the event, the man intervened saying he had questions for the Pakistani official. The video suggests that when Lodhi was concluding the press meet, the man got agitated and said, “You can’t be done, I have question for you.”


It did not go down well with the Pakistani official, who skirted the man’s question and walked away after a brief argument.


“I have a question for you, you cannot be done…what are you doing? For the past 10 years, 15 years, what are you doing?”, said the man, accusing Pakistan’s permanent representative to the UN of “stealing our money”.

Responding to his aggression, Lodhi said, “That’s not the way you ask a question,” while another official at the event said, “We are not replying like this”.


 The man, however, justified his actions. He said that since Lodhi is an official from Pakistan, he had the right to ask her questions as he was a Pakistani.


When the officials tried to stop him, he said, “People are going to reach to you like this now. Nobody is going to get away any more…nobody.” “You guys are stealing our money for 20 years, you guys are thieves, you don’t deserve to represent Pakistan” he added.


The video was widely circulated on social media platforms. Several Pakistan nationals backed the man, questioning the work done by Pakistani officials in the past.


Netizens did not miss the opportunity to question the diplomat, who has also served as the Pakistan Ambassador to the United States.


"She has enough of living in America send her back to Pakistan," commented a netizen.


Some accused her of misusing the taxpayers' money and asked her to go back to Pakistan.


"She is enjoying privileges and perks on our tax money. She is only master to organise cultural events while being a permanent envoy of Pakistan in UN, she is an utter failure of our 'parchi system," said another user.


Twitterati also heaped praise on the person who hurled the pointed questions at Lodhi.


"Salam hai bhai, jis ne sawal kiya.. Shabash (Salute to the guy who dared to ask such question)," read one twitter post.


"Yes that man is absolutely right she has done nothing for us at UN for last fifteen years, What is she doing there," another twitter user posted.


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