Nov 22, 1999
*** "THE TITLE of your Cover Story should have been
Pakistan Has Been Saved. A good military government is far better than a
corrupt and inept democratically elected government . . . Never again will we
allow our destiny to be controlled by robber barons like Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz
(Excerpts from the Letters to the Editor column of Weekly Time magazine
which overwhelmingly supported the military takeover in Pakistan. They were in response to
the Cover Story titled Can Pakistan Be Saved?)
*** "PAKISTAN WOULD continue to interact with the
Commonwealth exclusively on the basis of reciprocity, the norms of diplomatic propriety
and our national interests."
(Spokesman of Pakistan Foreign Ministry dismissing the statement issued
by the Commonwealth summit calling military takeover as illegal and speedy restoration of
****** "THE FAMILY should apologise and return the
money which is ill-gotten."
(A former activist infuriated by a report that former Filipino dictator
Ferdinand Marcos had amassed $ 100 billion by plundering the countrys resources)
*** "IF YOU write about it, it will be very
embarrassing for me. People will laugh at me."
(Phoolan Devi, former Indian Bandit Queen turned
parliamentarian, talking to a newspaper after being robbed of Rs 30,000 and passport to
two armed teenagers. She is still facing charges for murdering 20 men)
*** "INDIA IS acting like a HIV reservoir which, if it
breaks, will cause havoc in entire South Asia."
(Vice President of the World Banks South Asia region, Mieko
Nishimizu, during her tour of India to review AIDs control projects. She said that spread
of AIDs in South Asia depends on how well India manages its anti-AIDs
*** "IF LOVE of the country was a factor ... they
never would have kept silent while their leader (and his cronies) looted the country,
abused his power, engineered an attack on the countrys Supreme Court through his
goons and disregarded the Constitution. If they have been paid back in the same coin in
which they should not complain."
(A letter to the editor in Daily Dawn Karachi refuting statement by
former minister in Pakistan Muslim Leagues government, Haleem Siddiqui, for equating
the situation in the then East Pakistan with the current events in Pakistan)
*** "THROUGH ERROR, misjudgment and an inability to
recognise the scope of the evil confronting us, we failed to do our part to help save the
people of Srebrenica from the Serb campaign of mass murder."
(UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan admitting the failure to prevent the
Serb massacre of thousands of Muslims in the Bosnian enclave because of errors,
misjudgment and an inability to recognise the scope of the evil confronting us')
*** "SUDDENLY WE heard someone shouting that
Charanshah had jumped into the pyre. I ran towards the funeral spot but fell unconscious
on the way. I was probably not destined to witness the holy sight."
(An eye-witness account of "saati" an outlawed Hindu
tradition which enjoins a widow to kill herself on her husbands funeral in the
Deorala village in the Indian state of Rajasthan)
*** "NAWAZ SHARIF cannot have a valid objection to
being tried in this category of courts. He himself created them and had faith in their
(Akram Sheikh, a lawyer, commenting on the trial of deposed prime
minister in the anti-terrorist courts to help bring criminals to speedy justice)
*** "PAKISTAN DOES have very serious economic
problems. These are due in part to serious corruption over the past decade. Part of this
was loans obtained through political influence with no intention of repayments which has
drained billions of dollars from the economy."
(Official of the US State Department endorsing the crackdown against
bank defaulters in Pakistan)
Edited by Syed M. Aslam