*** "IF PEACE PROCESS does not move forward,
then I will not be a part to it."
(President Pervez Musharraf setting the July-August
deadline for positive developments to resolve the long-standing Kashmir
issue warning that the peace process between Pakistan and India could
get derailed if not addressed seriously and quickly)
*** "WE HAVE ALWAYS believed that Jammu and
Kashmir, including the PoK (Pakistan-occupied Kashmir), is an integral
part of India."
(Excerpt from the Vision Document 2004 issued by
India's Hindu revivalist BJP Party seeking re-election next month for
Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee. The Document contains BJP's
*** "STAY INSIDE the lines. We don't need to
puff this (up). We need (to) be careful as hell about it. This thing
will go away soon and what will keep it alive will be one of us going
over the line."
(Handwritten notes written by political appointee
Eric Ruff to the top US defence body Pentagon expressing worries about
the damaging testimony last week of a former counter-terrorism chief to
a commission investigating the 9/11 attacks. The notes were found at a
Washington coffee shop)
*** "$ 8.2 BILLION"
(Financial assistance pledged by donar nations over
next three years for Afghanistan)
*** "REVEALED IN PAGE after page of FBI reports
is the portrait of Kerry at age 27 speaking with courage and conviction,
leading veterans to Washington for peaceful protests, advocating
nonviolent protests and moderation."
(Spokesman of Republican US presidential hopeful John
Kerry calling his FBI monitoring anti-war activities in the early 1970s
both as "a badge of honour" and a troubling example of
government intrusion into peaceful and legitimate protest)
*** "WE HAVE FOUND that some mental traits, such
as anxiety, can be associated with the release of enzymes triggered by
particular group of genes."
(Founder of Iceland-based "genemining"
research company decode, Kari Stefansson, disclosing identification of
the location of a gene that causes a fearful or anxious personality)
*** "I WOULD LIKE to have her testify under the
penalty of perjury."
(Chairman of the independent commission investigating
9/11 attacks, Thomas H. Kean, saying he would ask President Bush's
national security advisor Condoleeza Rice to testify under oath an any
future questioning due to discrepancies between her statements and her
*** "THE MORE they help us find the bad guys,
the more good stuff they get."
(US soldier Reid "Huck" Finn doling out
blankets, shirts, sewing kits and medicines to destitute Afghan
villagers near the Pakistan border which he hopes would help forge
closer ties with the locals to get better intelligence)
*** "THE INVESTIGATION has been carried out and
wherever necessary disciplinary action taken."
(Senior army officer Lt. General Hari Prasad
confirming meting out punishment to his troops for using civilians as
human shields in Indian-held Kashmir that resulted in several deaths)
*** "THE UNITED STATES must give up its ambition
to disarm and crush us to death if it sincerely intends to resolve the
nuclear problem peacefully."
(North Korea's Radio Pyongyang rejecting the main US
demand at the six-way talks last month for a complete, verifiable and
irreversible dismantling of its nuclear programmes as "a plot aimed
*** "NOBODY WANTED to see Iraqi money being used
to fund an investigation into how Iraqi money was spent."
(Unnamed UN diplomat commenting on the change of
draft on establishing an indpendent panel to probe allegations of
corruption in the United States oil-for-food programme funded by Iraqi
*** "THE CONGRESS does not believe in poll
surveys in principle... It is going to be a tough and close call. The
media hype is creating the impression that the election is over even
before it has begun."
(Spokesman of Congress Party of India Abhishek Manu
Singhvi predicting that forthcoming elections would be a close call and
accusing the media of creating the wrong impression about his party's
chances of winning)