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SHOAIB UMAR

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FOR THE RECORD

 

By Syed M. Aslam
Jan 12 - 18, 2004 

 

 

*** "I HAVE ABSOLUTELY no hesitation in saying that the winds of change are bowling in the Saarc region. In Islamabad, I have a sense of history."

(Indian Foreign Minister Yashwant Sinha referring to important breakthroughs on a number of contentious issues during the council of ministers' meetings on the eve of the 12th Saarc Summit in Islamabad)

*** "WE DID NOT EXPECT anything else from the tribunal of an army which occupies and oppresses a whole people and from a regime which has forgotten the meaning of democracy."

(Matan Kaminer, one of five young Israelis awarded a 12-month jail sentence by a military tribunal for refusing to serve in the occupied Palestinian territories, defiantly commenting on his conviction. The five men have already served 13 months on remand but will now have to serve another 12 months behind bars. Matan had earlier called the Israeli army "an instrument of violence which violates human rights and international conventions")

*** "THIS IS NONSENSE... the regime in Egypt is republican, there is no hereditary transfer of power. This happened in a certain country, it will not happen in Egypt."

(Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak declaring that his son Gamal will not take over the presidency in a television interview)

*** "I CONSIDER THE ACT itself absolutely brutal, an attack on human rights, a violation of human dignity, xenophobic and as bad as the worst horrors sponsored by the Nazis."

(Brazilian Judge Julier Sebastiao commenting on photographing and fingerprinting of visitors by the US and justifying his decision ordering Brazilian authorities to fingerprint and photograph all US visitors to the country)

*** "Chai ... It's hot. Don't give it to me now."

(Shahbanou Mazandarani, an elderly women in her 90s, asking for "chai", persian for tea, after being rescued from the rubble of the devastating Bam earthquake after eight long and freezing days without food or water)

*** "450 years"

(Estimated time needed to remove all abandoned landmines in the world at the current pace of de-mining according to US research organisation, Rand Corporation)

*** "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 the 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)

*** "PAKISTAN BELIEVES the Indian move is politically far-fetched."

(Unnamed Pakistani official saying that India's proposal of single currency in the Saarc region was blocked by Pakistan being deleted from the final report by the council of ministers comprising foreign ministers of the 7 member states)

*** "EFFECTIVE INTERNATIONAL pressure should be brought to bear on Israel so that this entity renounces its weapons of mass destruction."

(Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi calling the international community to exert pressure on Israel to give up weapons of mass destruction it possesses)

*** "... I've decided to give each of you Christmas presents, which may remind you when on the pulpit to always keep it short, stupid. One, an alarm clock, that you may say it all in a few minutes and two, a wall calendar, that it may not take you half a day."

(Archbishop in the central Philippines area of Cebu, Ricardo Vidal, warning the priests against long and boring church sermons)

*** "IT IS ESPECIALLY joyous that in the outgoing year we had more new citizens of Russia born, more than in the previous year. This means that people in our country look with more assurance to the future."

(Russian President Vladimir Putin hailing population surge in his New Year's address calling it "a sign of confidence in the country")