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PROFILE

ABDUL JALEEL

COLUMN FOR THE RECORD
POLITICS & POLICY 1- PARLIAMENTARIANS RAISE IN SALARIES
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PRESIDENT'S VISIT TO CHINA AND S. KOREA
SOCIETY 1- QUEST FOR LEADERSHIP
2-
AFGHAN REFUGEES
ENVIRONMENT ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION
COUNTRY PROFILE AUSTRALIA

 

FOR THE RECORD

 

By Syed M. Aslam
Nov 24 - Dec 07, 2003 

 

 

*** "WHOEVER TRANSGRESSES the law, whether he is the prime minister or anybody else, will be punished."

(Prime Minister Zafarullah Jamali defending decision of banning and action against three religious organisations which he called 'extremist groups')

*** "THE PROPOSITION that the United States will be better off if it uses its position to impose its values and interests everywhere is the misconception. It is exactly by not abusing its power that America attained its current position."

(George Soros, one of the world's wealthiest financier saying that his up-coming book will argue that the US is doing itself immeasurable harm by its heavy-handed role in the world)

*** "NO CHANGE has taken place in the declaration of assets as filed on August 24, 2002."

(Prime Minister Zafarullah Jamali declining to give details of his assets and stating that they have not change since the filing of the previous statement 15 months ago when his total bank balance was Rs 343,583. The PM's declaration is included in the 3,667-page gazette notification about the assets and liabilities submitted by the parliamentarians to the Election Commission)

*** "YOU HAVE the moral high ground... Your right to peaceful protest will be upheld by the Greater London Authority and the Metropolitan Police Service."

(Mayor of London Ken Livingstone supporting protests against US President George W. Bush's state visit to Britain telling the protestors that, "You are protesting against an illegal war and occupation")

*** "MONEY ISN'T GOD but swear on God, it's no less than God."

(Words uttered by Indian minister Dilip Singh Judeo while stroking wad of currency to his forehead. Judeo, belonging to the Hindu extremist party BJP and has since resigned, was caught on video taking the bribe from a businessman for a mining contract and the footage was aired by many television channels)

*** "THE GREATER VICTORY will come when Putin is in the dock. Just as I had to defend myself against accusations I was a terrorist, I believe he will have to defend himself against charges he is a war criminal."

 

 

(Chechen leader Ahmed Zakayev accusing Russian President Vladimir Putin for treating political opponents such as him as criminals. A British judge rejected Russia's bid to extradite Ahmed, the chief Chechen peace negotiator, to stand trial on 13 charges aimed to exclude him from the peace process)

*** "THIS MAN has been detained for making anti-coalition statements."

(Commanding officer of US occupation forces explaining why the US soldiers handcuffed and wrapped masking tape around an Iraqi man's mouth as they arrested him)

*** "ON A GOOD DAY there is no one who can get near her. On a bad day she is in her own neighbourhood of hell."

(Unnamed close friend of Hollywood superstar Liza Minnelli commenting her psychotic wild side. The Oscar-winning superstar's fourth husband David Gest has filed a lawsuit demanding Pound Sterling 6 million alleging that she beat him mercilessly on a regular basis during their 16-month wedding)

*** "IT WILL BE HARD to conceive of a neighbourhood without him. Correction- make that a world stage."

(Singapore's Daily Straits praising former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamed for dedicatedly serving his country for 22 years and relinquishing power last month)

*** "$113,000, $119,000, $72,000 and $ 28,000"

(Funds donated by computer giant Dell, business consulting firm Bearing Point, home appliances General Electric and Vice President Dick Cheney's consultancy company Halliburton respectively to US President George W. Bush's election and re-election campaigns. The four are the top four contributors to these funds)

*** "THE UNITED STATES has a strange conception of freedom of expression. What would the US say if we tried to interfere with the way Fox News portrays Arabs, Muslims or Palestinians."

(Unnamed Lebanese official rejecting US demand to freedom group Hezbollah not to air a mini-series on Zionism on its television station saying that acceding to the US demand would mean a violation of the free speech)