*** "MR LEGHARI
constructed a swimming pool at a cost of Rs 15.6 million [$ 300,000 at current exchange
rate]. He used to go on helicopters for hunting. It was calculated that every bird shot
down by him cost the exchequer Rs 32,000 [$ 615]. Mr Leghari did not use local cartridges,
he was fond of imported ones . . . he could not be prosecuted as it was his
(Zulfikar Ali Khosa, the governor of Punjab, criticising former
president and chief of Millat Party, Farooq Leghari for his extravagant life style during
his tenure as head of the state)
*** "A RAIL accident in India cost the minister in
charge his office but authorities here are apparently unmoved at the downing of a
million-dollar plane and loss of 17 precious lives."
(Father of martyred Lt. Zarar Ahmad, Malik Mansoor Ahmad, demanding a
public enquiry about the downing of Pakistan Navys unarmed aircraft Atlantique by
Indian MIGs within Pakistans air space)
*** "A MAN offered him sums of money to become
involved in an Asian betting syndicate. Fleming immediately rejected the offer and
reported the matter to team manager John Graham."
(Report sent by New Zealand Cricket Council to International Cricket
Council that skipper Stephen Fleming was offered bribe to throw the third test to England
during the recent tour)
*** "I HAVENT seen anyone doing such a thing . .
. I dont think it happens but if it happens they have to be very good at it."
(Wasim Akram, after being reinstated as captain of cricket squad after
the Pakistan Cricket Board claimed that no match-fixing charge has been established
against him and teammates Salim Malik and Ijaz Ahmad)
*** "SINCE THE days of martial law such measures have
not been taken and never has a peaceful opposition stopped from non-violent protest in
(Police action slammed by united opposition whose rally was dispersed
by police which resorted to indiscriminate baton charging, tear-gassing and arrests of
protestors in Karachi not sparing even women and journalists)
*** "THE ARAB world was wrong to stay idle during the
embargo on Libya. Its silence helped prolong the plight of the Libyan people and the
resulting 34 billion dollars worth of damage to their economy. The lesson here is
for the Arab world not to repeat the same mistake in Iraq."
(Editorial of UAE Daily Gulf News that alienation would force Iraq to
look elsewhere for support like Libya which has reached out to African leaders to seek
their solidarity to establish the United States of Africa')
*** "JUST AS there is no such thing as gratitude in
politics, so there is no such thing as mercy in the media. Always remember that once you
have spoken even on the telephone to a reporter, you place yourself at their
mercy. And for all time."
(Flamboyant maverick conservative politician Alan Clarks
posthumously published article blasting UKs sadistic press days after
*** "I DONT TRUST scientists. I dont care
what happens to me, but I wouldnt feed it to kids. Who knows what kind of problems
this might cause in the future?"
(Diner at a Tokyo restaurant serving cloned beef)
*** "WE HAVE established that the sale of kidneys has
been going on for years and the number one foreign clients are the Japanese."
(Senator Juan Flavier, head of Philippine Seantes health
committee which is drafting a bill to temporarily ban unregulated transplantation among
non-relatives, particularly foreigners)
*** "I EXPECTED with the feminist movement that things
would be changed more. Instead, it seems that we backslide. Men come to New York, and
theyre going to have some kind of exciting career and secondarily get married. Women
come to New York thinking, Ill get married, and then Ill think of
something I want to do."
(US novelist Tama Janowitz whose new novel A Certain Age
takes a harsh stand on women and their attitudes)
*** "STRIP HAD serious heart problems . .
. his heart beat was so slow at times that he simply fainted."
(Owner of a dog who underwent a pacemaker implantation by a human heart
specialist in Hungry)
Edited by Syed M. Aslam