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PROFILE SYED FAISAL HASHMI
COLUMN FOR THE RECORD
POLITICS & POLICY POLICE REFORMS ORDINANCE
SOCIETY  POVERTY IN PAKISTAN
ENVIRONMENT  EARTH AND ITS CHEMICAL COMPOSITION
SPECIAL REPORT  PAKISTAN - ECONOMIC PROFILE 2001 -02
 

 

FOR THE RECORD

 

By Syed M. Aslam
Aug 19 - 25, 2002

 

 

*** "IT WAS HIS PERSONAL views, which is fine. Everyone has personal views."

(US Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld commenting on the speech given by a Rand Corporation analyst, Laurent Murawiec, at the US defence policy board calling Saudi Arabia 'the kernel of evil, the most dangerous opponent in the Middle East)

*** "35,842"

(Number of applications received by the district government of Faisalabad for 1,300 vacant posts of teachers. The applications included highly qualified candidates)

*** "THE RIGHT WAY is that the Security Council should reply to the questions raised by Iraq and should honour its obligations under its own resolutions."

(Iraqi President Saddam Hussain warning that any US attack was doomed to bloody failure and asking the United Nations to honour its commitments to Baghdad)

*** "ISRAEL HAS BEEN pursuing a military occupation of Palestinian territory now for many decades and that has to come to an end."

(US academic Samuel Huntington criticizing Washington's support for Israel and its conflict with the Palestinians. He asked the US to pursue a more balanced policy and also opposed US invasion of Iraq)

*** "466"

(Marks obtained by former minister and Ambassador to the US, Abida Hussain, in BA examination to meet the graduation pre-requisite to contest general polls to be held in October)

*** "I REALISE that small gains are a crime and I will work and sweat for greater goals. Nothing is impossible."

(Newly elected Indian President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam speaking to school children in the violent-torn state of Gujarat which witnessed murders of hundreds of Muslims)

*** "... the Gulf War cost the Arabs $ 300 billion in addition to forcible sale of the US arms worth $ 150 billion to them during the past 10 years."

(Former Chief of Army Staff, General (Retd.) Aslam Beg) speaking at one of the meetings held to celebrate Independence week. He also accused the politicians to play the US game of toppling various governments in the country)

*** "THE MUSLIM LEAGUE will come into power whether there are elections or selections."

(Chief of his own faction of Muslim League Functional, Pir Pagara, talking to reporters after meeting President Pervez Musharraf)

*** "THE POLITICIANS are not genetically corrupt people. It is the power that corrupts the politicians."

(Booker Prize winner Indian author and social activist Arundhati Roy reading excerpts from her essay 'End of Imagination' at a seminar in Islamabad)

*** "$ 8.2 billion"

(Losses estimated by Silverstein Properties, the company that held the lease for the World Trade Centre)

*** "... IS IT SOME SORT OF INDICATION of the popular mood that Sachin Tendulkar is ranked higher than Atal Bihari Vajpayee ... the people of India are totally disenchanted with politics and their political leaders."

(Editorial comments on the result of a survey conducted by an Indian magazine which ranked Mother Teresa the greatest Indian since the country's independence in 1947)

*** "THE MEDIA HAS BECOME incredibly powerful but it is also being manipulated... We live in a global village but we have become very parochial and tribal."

(Organizers highlighting the objective of two plays examining role of media in covering modern warfare at Edinburgh Fringe Festival)

*** "CERTAINLY. It is especially so under the present government."

(Indian Magsaysay award winner Sandeep Panday asked to comment on growing intolerance in the country)

*** "THE INTIFADA WILL WIN."

(Top leader of Palestinian rising against Israeli occupation, Marwan Barghouti, shouting defiantly at the beginning of his trial in Tel Aviv)

*** "WHAT IS IMPRESSIVE is the Cuban literacy rate. We should improve ours in the United States."

(US Congresswoman Maxine Waters expressing pleasure at Cuban literacy rate. Waters, an advocate of lifting the US trade embargo against Cuba, was present in Havana to celebrate Cuban President Fidel Castro's 76th birthday)