*** "THE RICH
NATIONS of the world insist on a level killing field."
(Malaysian prime minister Mahatir Mohamads sarcastic speech at
the UN General Assembly blaming the so-called liberalisation of trade and open markets
which he said would kill some of the fragile economies of the worlds poorer nations)
*** "THE HIGHLY sophisticated monitoring equipment is
operated by a superpower, I mean the United States."
(Mohsen Dallul, former Lebanese defence minister, accusing the US of
tapping the telephones of the countrys leaders and politicians for Israel)
*** "HE IS lucky that his blood pressure only goes up
after reading the newspapers . . . You find the roads blocked as the same Mr Tarar or
another VIP is going to take that route . . . High blood pressure? We are being eaten up
by the cancer of callousness, neglect and degeneration."
(A contribution in the Letters to the Editor column of
Daily Dawn in rebuttal to President Rafiq Tarars remarks which accused the print
media of sensationalism)
*** "TAKE, FOR example, someone who is unemployed. He
cant afford much. But in this way, he will be able to buy a nice present for his
(Spokeswoman of Berlin-based utility company Ares Energie which is
offering free television sets to customers if they buy electricity for at least two years)
*** "THE CENTRAL Board of Revenue [CBR] will give
these details in a directory to be published first time in December this year."
(Plans to publish details of bank accounts, real estate holdings,
shops, plazas, factories, investments, companies shares and any other goods which
are taxable and owned by all Pakistani parliamentarians, ministers, advisors to the prime
minister and government servants in Grade 20 and above. The CBR is the main tax collecting
*** "TYRANTS WHO terrorise their people have no hiding
place today. Journalists and others, thanks to the telephone, satellite technology and the
Internet, can expose censorship and intimidation but that does not mean it does not
(Aidan White, secretary general of the International Federation of
Journalists, speaking at the Global Knowledge Conference II in Kuala Lumpur.
The theme of the Conference sponsored by the World Bank was access to information,
empowerment and good governance)
*** "THE EXODUS from the Third World is unstoppable
because hunger does not recognise borders."
(A senior official of the Spanish labour ministry on his countrys
plans to sign accords with poor countries to take in a million labourers over next three
*** "THE BJP is our Enemy No.1 and we will vote for
Enemy No.2, the Congress party, to defeat its candidates."
(Opinion polls showing that Indian Muslims are choosing Congress party
over ruling Hindu Nationalist BJP party in recent elections)
*** "I WOULD do it again if provoked. I would do it
again under the same circumstances. I dont know if Im at peace, with me or
anybody. Everybody is out to get me and I'm not going to let anybody destroy me."
(Former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson saying he would
bite Evander Holyfield again. Tyson bit off Holyfields ear and was disqualified. He
was reinstated last year and will fight Orlin Norris on October 23)
*** "HE WAS coming towards me and then his eyes met
mine and he fell unconscious . . . The drivers were staring at me and lost control. Thank
God they werent injured."
(Mohammed Nawaz Mazari, 32-year-old Pakistani 7-8" tall
big foot, recalling the minor calamities caused by his presence a person
who fainted in Tokyo and collision of two cars in Brisbane)
*** "WHEN YOU set out to do something, you have to
take risks. I dont think death is such a bad thing."
(Priyanka, daughter of assassinated Indian prime minister Rajeev Gandhi
and Congress party president Sonia Gandhi, on abandoning bodyguards and wading into crowds
during campaigning for her mother in recent elections)
*** "IN FIVE years, you will be able to speak French
on the phone in Paris and someone in Beijing will hear you speaking in Mandarin."
(President of Belgium based speech technology specialists, Lernout and
Hauspie, which is working to develop a multilingual computer chat software)
Edited by Syed M. Aslam