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PROFILE SHEIKH MUHAMMAD IQBAL
COLUMN FOR THE RECORD
POLITICS & POLICY THE THIRTEENTH NAM SUMMIT 
SOCIETY 1- ARE THE RETIRED ANY GOOD FOR RE-EMPLOYMENT?
2- IBA JAMSHORO EVENT 2002

 

FOR THE RECORD

 

By Syed M. Aslam
Mar 03 - 09, 2003
 

 

 

*** "HOW DO WE explain the pogroms, the inquisitions and the holocaust which characterized Christian Europe for almost 2000 years... There was no systematic campaign of terror outside Europe until the Europeans and the Jews created a Jewish state out of Palestinian land."

(Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Muhammad accusing Israel and its backers of introducing terrorisms to lands outside Europe. He was addressing the opening session of the 13th summit of the Non-Aligned Movement in Kuala Lumpur and also took over as its Chairman)

*** "NAM MUST NOT allow anyone to manipulate the fight against terrorism or to de-legitimize just struggles of people against illegal occupation... Two extreme cases stand out those of the oppressed people(s) of Kashmir and Palestine."

(President Pervez Musharraf urging the non-aligned governments to help resolvelong-standing conflicts and 'must not shy away from the right of self-determination at the NAM summit)

*** "WE SEE NO REASON in this context to change our logic, which is a logic of peace, and switch to a logic of war."

(French President Jacques Chirac rejecting new UN resolution circulated by the US and Britain aimed at setting the stage for war against Iraq)

 

 

*** "I'M DOING IT with the sole purpose of affirming my religious convictions."

(Un-named 16-year old French Muslim student reiterating her right to continue wearing scarf despite stiff objection from the government as well as 200 high school professors who want it totally banned in French educational systems)

*** "EVERY ISSUE is bilateral. It then later becomes internationalized."

(President Pervez Musharraf rejecting allegation by an Indian newsman that he was raising bilateral issues like Kashmir at a crowded press conference at NAM summit)

*** "13.7 billion years"

(The age of universe determined with precision by US scientists using a robotic Nasa probe)

*** "I AM READY to conduct a direct dialogue a debate with your president. I will say what I want and he will say what he wants."

(Iraqi President Saddam Hussain challenging his US counterpart George W. Bush to a live television dabate through his interview given to US CBS news)

*** "I DIDN'T FIND it particularly surprising or shocking or disturbing."

(US Secretary of State Colin Powell commenting on the firing of short-range missile by North Korea. He was present in South Korea and held a meeting with its president Roh Moon-Hyun at the time the missile was fired. The US announced resumption of food aid to North Korea as the country conducted the missile test)

*** "A MODEL OF BAD GOVERNANCE."

(Bangladeshi opposition leader Sheikh Hasina Wajid accusing the coalition government of Prime Minister Kahlida Zia of bad governance)

*** "WE'RE CONFUSED. Are the protestors going to spit on us when we go home?"

 

 

(Patrick Cox, a US marine posted south of the Iraqi border, commenting on growing anti-war protests demanding return of American troops from the region)

*** "WAR SHOULD NOT happen anywhere in the world, be it between the United States and Iraq or between India and Pakistan."

(Indian Prime Minister Vajpayee responding to a question posed a legislator in the parliament why India and Pakistan should not fight a war to settle their disputes once and for all)

*** "DUCT TAPE is no substitute for diplomacy."

(Carol Moseley-Braun, the first black woman to serve in the US Senate, making a verbal jab at Bush administration's advice to Americans to stockpile duct tape in case of chemical or biological weapons attack while formally announcing her intention to join six other political hopefuls seeking the Democratic Party's presidential nomination)