By Syed M.Aslam
Oct 08 - 14, 2001
*** "THAT IS a real (Wild West) Clint
(Veteran Britain's Special Air Serviceb and a
former trainer of Afghan guerillas, Tom Carew, referring to Pakistani
city Quetta which borders Afghanistan warning the Americans that
Afghans make ferocious foes)
*** "THEY HAD MADE A REQUEST to us that
they wanted to participate ... and we accepted it."
(Senior official of Pakistan Cricket Board saying
that despite facing an imminent US attack, Afghanistan asked Pakistan
for permission to participate in the prestigious Quaid-e-Azam Trophy
tournament this month)
*** "WE ARE MILITARY MEN, we don't joke
with anyone. Mistakes cannot be repeated. If it is repeated, it means
it is planned and we will confront them, we will defend our
(Iranian Defence Minister Admiral Ali Shamkhani
warning the US against violating its airspace during expected strikes
against neighbouring Afghanistan and asking it to be careful about
'accidental stray over its territory')
*** "AS SOON AS we agree on a definition
of terrorism, everything else falls into place."
(US legislators on the problems of defining
terrorism for writing new anti-terrorism legislation)
*** "THERE'S NO CHAOS in the streets in
Kandahar ...The restive Afghanis are eagerly waiting for their
(Pakistani religious scholar, Mufti Mohammad Jameel,
describing usual activities in Afghanistan after his return as part of
10-member religious delegation which met with leader of ruling Taliban,
*** "THOSE WHO INTERVENED and tried to
plant their own preferred leaders in Afghanistan paid a very high
price for that blunder."
(Pakistani Foreign Minister Abdus Sattar warning
against attempts to provide military assistance, particularly the
Northern Alliance, to install anti-Taliban government in Afghanistan)
*** "WE RAIN BOMBS on Iraq, then we're
surprised we're hated."
(Reverend Graylan Hagler speaking at 100,000-strong
anti-war protest in Washington DC opposing US military retaliation
*** "THE ISLAMIC WORLD cannot accept
that the west turns a blind eye to the acts of terror that Israel
carries out . . . How can the United States lead an international
campaign to fight terrorism while at the same time it supports Israel
and Israeli terrorism."
(Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi accusing
the West of using double-standards when dealing with terrorism)
*** "THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE with a
perfect hatred for Islam and this has given them the ideal excuse to
exercise their ignorance."
(Coordinator of the Society for Afghan Residents
representing 40,000 Afghans living in the UK commenting on the growing
backlash against Muslims)
*** "AFGHANISTAN does not have a
leadership vacuum ... Imposed puppets do not last long in
(Leader of ruling Taliban of Afghanistan, Mullah
Mohammad Omar, commenting on the attempts to install a 'friendly'
government headed by exiled King Zahir Shah)
*** "WOULD WE TOLERATE this kind of
boycott, the starving of Czechs, for example? No. We've done some
specific things that are perceived as reflecting either an
indifference to or a hostility to Muslims."
(Professor of Religion at Dartmouth, A. Kevin
Reinhart, attributing grievances over US policy in the Middle East and
sanctions against a number of Muslim countries for fuelling anti-US
*** "WE HAVE BEEN the cowards lobbing
cruise missiles from 2,000 miles away. That's cowardly."
(US comedian Bill Maher referring to the 1998 US
cruise missile attacks against Afghanistan and Sudan)
*** "WE ARE LETTING THE WEST KNOW that
calling the terrorist attacks in the United States Islamic terror
represents, for millions of Muslims, moral terrorism."
(Spiritual leader of Muslims in the Caucasus
region, Allahshukyur Pashazade, addressing a conference on Islam in
Azerbaijan capital of Baku)
*** "center photo: GN 26.9 p 20' caption: Anti-war rally