By Syed M.Aslam
July 01 - 07, 2002
*** "WE COULDN'T CARE less whether they
de-escalate or not... They called back their navy — what for? Let
them remain in the high seas... They are not doing us any favour by
de-escalating... they can carry on remaining on the borders."
(President Pervez Musharraf calling India's
military de-escalation as self-serving)
*** "THERE WILL BE GUNFIRE all over and the
foreigners will not be able to spend a day here. Nor will the
(Loyal-turn-rebel Afghan warlord Padsha Khan
demanding the resignation of Afghan President Hamid Karzai saying that
his election at the recently held Loya Jirga grand assembly was a
*** "THEY ARE MY ANCESTORS."
(Headmaster of a school in a small desert town of
Indian state of Rajasthan which hosts annual rituals for rats which
according to Hindu legends are incarnations of human beings)
*** "IT IS THE ISLAMIC NATION which is the
target of terrorism. It has been bombed, pounded by planes, submitted
to blockades, economic sanctions and then accused of terrorism."
(Sudanese information minister Mahdi Ibrahim
speaking at foreign ministers' meeting of the 57-member Organization
of Islamic Conference highlighting Muslims being made target of
terrorists attacks across the world. He cited Palestine as the prime
*** "AS FOR ME, I am in the best of states,
and I swear I am not a prisoner, but rather, in a five-star hotel,
(Ironically humourous letter written by 28-year old
Kuwaiti Abdullah Kamel from Guantanamo Bay. Abdullah, an assistant
engineer at the Ministry of Electricity, was captured in Afghanistan
while doing charity work and is one of 12 Kuwaiti nationals whose
families have sued the US government for being detained at the dreaded
American naval base without charges)
*** "THE GOVERNMENT has been trying to
browbeat Tahelka.com ever since we ran the defence expose... It speaks
volumes about the lack of press freedom in India."
(Editor of Indian news website Tahelka.com, Tarun
Tejpal, commenting on the raid conducted by federal investigation
agency Central Board of Revenue for exposing rampant corruption in
*** "IT'S FOR THE PALESTINIANS to choose the
people they choose to elect. It's not a question of saying we are
going to tell people who they elect or not."
(British Prime Minister Tony Blair refusing to
endorse US President George W. Bush's call for the removal of Yasser
Arafat as the Palestinian leader at the G-8 summit in Canada)
*** "I HAVE LIVED IN SHAME and apologizes for
hurting the hearts of people who supported me... My sons will be
sternly punished under the law."
(South Korean President Kim Dae-Jung offering
apology on live television speech for arrest of his three sons on
charges of corruption)
*** "HE WAS THINKING I was calling him. I was
thinking he was calling me. The same thing happened to (Pakistan
President) Pervez Musharraf also... If you don't look at the causes,
and remove the causes, then there will be terrorism."
(Malaysian President Mahathir Mohammed talking
about botched phone attempt with Indian Prime Minister Vajpayee and
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf)
*** "AMERICA SHOULD step down from the back of
the devil, before it becomes the devil... Why do the 56 Islamic
countries act so weak towards the Palestinian issue? Why don't they do
(Former Iranian president Ali Akbar Hashemi
Rafsanjani, asking the US to drop hostile policies towards his country
and treat it as an 'equal')
*** "YES... Whether we are talking about
asylum, whether we are talking about sport event, there are various
stereotypical assumptions made."
(Britain's Chief Prosecutor Sir David
Calvert-Smith's reply to a question posed by BBC radio 'if Britain is
racist to the core')
*** "I'M SURE you understand that the Mercedes
was a gift, and our policies are not made on the basis of gifts."
(South African foreign minister Dr Nkosazana
Dlamini-Zuma commenting on presentation of an armour-plated Mercedes
to President Thabo Mbeki as gift by Libyan President Colonel Muammar