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Profile

MIR NASIR

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FOR THE RECORD

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For The Record

By Syed M.Aslam
Dec 31, 2001 - Jan 06, 2002

*** "SOMEDAY Microsoft will go out of business, it's only a question of time. Will it happen in my lifetime ... I wake up every day working hard to reduce the probability. Companies are mortal."

(Founder of Microsoft and world's richest man, Bill Gates, frankly admitting the vulnerability of multi-billion dollar software empire)

*** "HAPPY NEW YEAR ... Christmas.exe."

(A newly discovered computer virus and its attachment popping up in the US and Europe which can destroy personal computers)

*** "WASHINGTON IS AGAINST the deployment of a UN peace keeping force in the occupied territories but insists on forces in Afghanistan even without UN supervision."

(Iranian newspaper 'Iran News' condemning US' double standard policy in vetoing a UN Security Council resolution for deployment of UN peace keepers in Israeli-occupied territories)

*** "HE WHO DEPRIVES his people of the elements which make up their strength can only negotiate on the basis of the enemy's conditions."

(Islamic resistance movement Hezbollah vowing not to abandon fighting against Israel's occupation of Palestine despite American threats)

*** "INDIA HAS STEPPED UP its attempts against Pakistan at diplomatic level, but it will have to eat a humble pie this time as well ... The struggle of the Kashmiri people is a liberation struggle in letter and spirit. The sacrifice of their blood would bear fruit."

(US Congressman Major Owens holding India responsible for the current crisis in the Indo-Pak subcontinent and asking it to adopt sane attitude)

*** "IF THE US launches similar tyrannical attacks again, we will launch an armed struggle against Hamid Karzai's government."

(Head of Zardan tribe in eastern Afghani province of Paktia, Gulab Din, threatening to launch war against the interim setup if US jets launched another attack on his area. He was alluding to a US attack on a convoy killed 65 people last week)

*** "THE UNITED STATES has already said it has no intention of keeping its military base on Central Asian territory ... We hope that the United States will act accordingly."

(Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov reminding the US of honouring its promise of withdrawing forces from Central Asia once it wraps up the campaign in Afghanistan)

*** "THE ARGENTINE state will suspend the payment of foreign debt. This is not a rejection ... but rather the first move by a rational government to deal with the foreign debt correctly."

(Argentine's interim president, Adolfo Rodriguez Saa, announcing to suspend payments on crippling public debt which resulted in bloody riots that toppled the previous government)

*** "... about 90 per cent appeared to offer a saccharine-coated version of events that is, by and large, aligned with the Israeli camp. I think, therefore, the American public is being ill-served."

(Senior editor of the BBC, Steve Williams, criticizing the US for its public display of undisguised patriotism and unabashed backing of Israel with least regard to professional integrity)

*** "WE BHATI men don't produce daughters ... They are a burden and best killed off early ... I will only love it if it is a boy."

(Male and female members of Bhati community in Indian state of Rajasthan justifying the abhorring practice of killing off baby daughters)

*** "PEOPLE CAN'T BE MADE to think the same way. When we have an idea and other say it is not right, they have the right to say so."

(Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej publicly scolding Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra for following a policy of intimidation and lack of tolerance for criticism)

*** "MANY PEOPLE perceive me as a snob... so I want to lessen my being brutally frank and to have greater patience."

(Philippines President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo making public her resolution for the Year 2002 promising to her temper in check when dealing with the press)

*** "THE NEW POET LAUREATE will write poetry, especially for use in parliament on occasions of state, sponsor poetry readings, (and) give advice to the parliamentary librarian regarding the collection of the library and acquisitions to enrich its cultural holdings."

(Canadian Senator Jerry Graftstein explaining the reason for the creation of the post of official poet laureate by the parliament)