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COMPANY PROFILE

ZRG-THE CALL CENTER SPECIALIST COMPANY

COLUMN FOR THE RECORD
POLITICS & POLICY SAARC: PAST, PRESENT AND THE FUTURE
SOCIETY 1- 3D ANIMATION COMES TO PAKISTAN
2- NEEDED MORE HOSTELS FOR GIRLS
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POST AMAZERS AND KLEISER-WALCZAK

 

FOR THE RECORD

 

By Syed M. Aslam
Jan 05 - 11, 2004 

 

 

*** "If VAJPAYEE PLAYS his role in the resolution of Kashmir issue through peaceful means, I will support awarding Nishan-e-Pakistan to him."

(President Pervez Musharraf promising awarding top civilian award to Indian Prime Minister Atal Vajpayee if he helps resolve the Kashmir dispute)

*** "THIS IS MADNESS. There is enough oil here for every Iraqi to have his own tap."

(An angry Iraqi taxi driver talking about serious petrol crisis in his oil-rich country resulting in long queues costing motorists hours in precious time and rationing limitation of 30 litres a vehicle)

*** "NAPOLEON WAS a criminal. History books present him as a saviour of the Italian people. He wasn't. He raped, sacked and pillaged. The Republic of Venice had no need of him. We want a ferocious condemnation."

(Charges made against the former Emperor of France Napoleon Bonaparte by the prosecution at Venetian court 200 years after his death)

*** "HE THINKS AMERICAN policy on the Middle East is complete madness and he used to express that quite loudly to a lot of people, including ministers and various ambassadors ... He doesn't much like American culture."

(Unnamed British foreign office official revealing that Prince Charles openly supports the Palestinian cause and not interested in a US trip which he had not visited for six years)

*** "IF YOU LOOK at the crop which has recently come up in Afghanistan, and with refined heroin laboratories being maintained inside Afghanistan and other areas bordering Afghanistan, we are looking at a market value, a street value, of close to $10 billion."

(Interior Minister Faisal Saleh Hayat expressing concerns about the bumper poppy crop in Afghanistan and the warlords and drug barons sitting on heroin worth $ 10 billion)

*** "Pound Sterling 28,000"

(Price fetched by a dinner menu from the ill-fated ocean liner Titanic at an auction in London)

*** "DID I EXPECT George Bush to ... it up as badly as he did? I don't think anybody did."

 

 

(A foul remark made by Democratic Party presidential hopeful John Kerry prompting the White House to seek an apology from him for the use of the expletive. Kerry voted for a resolution authorising President Bush to use force in Iraq)

*** "WE FOUND that Pound Sterling 5 trillion was the current market value of the United Kingdom, including the value of the land."

(Statistician of British Office for National Statistics Ian Hill putting the price tag for the UK comprising England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland in a year-end tally of the nation's capital assets)

*** "I DON'T THINK this incident will change our relations with the US. What is the point of negotiations if there is no trust that will enable us to reach a common position."

(Iranian President Mohammed Khatami saying the US humanitarian assistance in the devastating earthquake won't alter ties between the two countries)

*** "CITRUS FRUITS ... protect the body through their antioxidant properties and by strengthening the immune system, inhabiting tumour growth and normalizing tumour cells."

(Findings of a new study conducted by the Australian government's key research group Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, that show that eating an orange, or any other citrus fruit, a day can keep certain cancers away. The study says that extra serving of fruit and vegetable reduces chances of heart stroke by 19 per cent)

*** "THE BRUSSELS EXECUTIVE is like a caricature of a deaf and blind bureaucracy."

(Italian European Affairs Minister Rocco Buttiglione's salvo against the EU Commission. The outburst came early last month amidst straining relations between Rome and Brussels-based Commission caused by the rivalry between Italain Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and Commission President Romano Prodi)

*** "OF COURSE no human eye will read your letter. I destroy all paper records."

(Excerpt from a letter written by war-time British Prime Minister Winston Churchill to Pamela Plowden. This and 36 other letters written to Plowden fetched Pound Sterling 291,000 at Christie's auction house in London)