May 01, 2000
*** "YOUR DEPARTMENT is doing this to a judge of the
SC, you can well imagine the plight of others."
(Justice Bashir Jehangiri of the Supreme Court of Pakistan flashing
electricity bill delivered to him two days after the expiry of the due date to the deputy
chairman of state-owned utility company WAPDA while hearing the WAPDA-Hubco case)
*** "I THINK we can be quite definite that Pakistan
has the largest heroin population. And whatever the total is, it seems to be getting quite
a bit worse."
(Head of UN drug programme for South and West Asia, Bernard Frahi,
saying Pakistan tops the heroin-addiction list with some 1.5 million addicts)
*** "IT IS not a penalty. It is just an
(Official sources commenting on the payment of $ 55 million to the IMF
by Pakistan for misreporting of figures by the previous government)
*** "I WOULD say that today is a day of truce, perhaps
the only one in the course of these 41 years of confrontation with the United
(Cuban President Fidel Castro hailing US agents move to reunite
six-year old Elian Gonzalez with his father. Elian's custody has been the centre of rift
between the two countries since the shipwreck, and rescue, from the sea)
*** "THE THREE of us grasped on to each other. It was
only one hug. But I will remember that moment for the rest of my life."
(Angela Moon, a British woman, who planned a two-week premature birth
so that her terminally-ill husband could hold their baby. Her husband died three days
after holding his new born daughter just once)
*** "JUST LIKE older people who don't take up regular
exercise, children who spend hours in front of computer and television screens are also at
risk of developing arthritis."
(Findings of Australian Chiropractors Association that children who
spend their free time watching television or playing computer games can suffer from
arthritis a lot earlier than those who don't)
*** " 'IMPERIALIST MONETARY Fiend', 'Indigenous
Manipulation Fund', 'Spank the Bank.' "
(Placards carried by the protesters in Washington during the meetings
of the IMF and the World Bank)
*** "THEY COVERTLY and overtly pour advanced
technology in the direction of Israel, which made it easy for Israel to possess massive
military nuclear capabilities with the greatest of ease, without any obstacles."
(Syria's UN Ambassador, Mikhail Wehbe, accusing the US for transfer of
nuclear technology and secrets to Israel)
*** "WHILE WE prolong the stem-cell debate, millions
continue to suffer. It is time to harness the power of government and go forward."
(Actor Christopher 'Superman' Reeve backing human embryo research. The
actor who was paralysed in a 1995 horse riding accident demanded the lifting of US federal
law banning government funding of research involving such research)
*** "GREED IS the essence (and) the amount of one-day
cricket being played has devalued its own importance . . . God knows what's been going on.
Maybe even Test matches are fixed."
(Former Pakistani cricket skipper Imran Khan blaming the menace of
match-fixing on the increased frequency of one-day matches and reluctance of cricket
boards to take action)
*** "UNIVESRE IS flat."
(Conclusions of a study conducted by astrophysicists of Rome University
based on cosmic ultrasound)
*** "Lets be clear . . . any modified ABM treaty
negotiated by this administration will be dead-on-arrival at the Senate Foreign Relations
(Republican Senator Jesse Helms, a staunch Clinton foe, threatening to
block any arms-control pact with Russia, particularly the alteration of the 1972
Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty before Clinton leaves the office in January next year)
by Syed M. Aslam