By Syed M. Aslam
Oct 13 - 19, 2003 



*** "SO BESIDES, paying mullahs, the CIA created fake mullahs- recruited agents who would proclaim themselves clerics and take a more moderate position about nonbelievers... We are taking radio stations and supporting clerics. It's back to propaganda. We are creating moderate Muslims."

(Excerpts from "The CIA at War", a new book written by American investigative reporter Ronald Kessler, quoting an unnamed CIA source saying that the agency paid mullahs and created fake Islamic religious leaders to preach moderate message and counter anti-American sentiment in the Arab world after the September 11 attacks)

*** "THE WORSENING poverty situation in Pakistan needs foremost attention of the government. It requires radical measures for achieving pro-poor growth."

(Asian Development Bank's Country Director to Pakistan Marshuk Ali Shah saying that the Bank has asked the government to create job opportunities, control poverty and attract investment, both foreign and domestic)

*** "$ 50 billion"

(Estimated cost of rebuilding Iraq in the next 4 years according to the World Bank)

*** "HIS REMARKS only go to prove that he is just an old man, politically literate. His outbursts ... cannot be construed otherwise than a desperate shrill cry of a psychopath on his death bed."



(Official North Korean news agency KNNA angrily refuting US Secretary of State Donald Rumsfeld for predicting that 'one day freedom would come to the communist state's)

*** "IT'S DISGUSTING. I don't see why parents should have to pay. I blame the Government."

(Mother of a three school-going children criticizing the decision by a cash-strapped school in London to supply only one pen and pencil to each student as a cost cutting measure)

*** "OUT OF 19,000 hectares growing basmati in these areas, more than 3,000 hectares have Pakistani rice."

(Virender Kaul, a scientist in Indian-held Jammu University, commenting on the growing preference to cultivate aromatic Pakistani basmati rice because it fetches better prices in the market than local counterparts)

*** "160,000"

(Number of deaths caused each year from side-effects of global warming ranging from malaria to malnutrition according to a study conducted by scientists at the World Health Organisation and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical medicine)

*** "IT WOULD BE better to have the capital somewhere near Isfahan: that would be safer. Other countries have changed their capitals without any adverse effect."

(Professor of geophysics at Tehran University, Bahram Akasheh, formally suggesting to the Iranian President Mohammed Khatami to move the capital Tehran elsewhere to avoid earthquake, 'a disaster which is only a question of time')

*** "IT'S NOT FAIR to me at this age. They brought me to Delhi to help them, gave me this place to live and run my small shop and now they are misbehaving with me."



(Cremator of unclaimed bodies in the Indian capital, Mohammed Habib, showing unhappiness about the 'ungrateful authorities' who brought him to the city but now asks him to vacate his home. He has cremated over 10,000 unclaimed bodies in the last 65 years)

*** "91"

(Ministers inducted by chief minister of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh Mulayam Singh Yadev bringing the total to 98 making his cabinet the largest ever in the state. The state has a total of 403 lawmakers)

*** "I ADMIRED HITLER, for instance, because he came from being a little man with almost no formal education, up to power. I admire him for being such a good public speaker and for what he did with it."

(Comments attributed to Hollywood action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger during his campaign for the Governor of California. He denied praising Hitler and went on to win the gubernatorial recall race of the most populated and richest US state)