Dec 27, 2004 - Jan 02, 2005









"These attacks are designed to stop the political process from taking place in Iraq, and to create ethnic and religious tensions, problems and conflicts ... to destroy the unity of this country."

(Prime Minister Eyad Allawi commenting over fresh attacks in Iraq)

"The frequent visits to the northeast by US diplomats and soldiers are seen here as a serious breach in security that could facilitate the identification of India's 'politico-military assets' and allow the physical verification of satellite photographs with ground positions."

(Gulf News quoting Indian Defence Personnel showing concerns about the former National Democratic Alliance government's decision to allow the US military access to the northeast. The frequent visits to the northeast by US)

"Pakistan is keen to secure fresh supplies of oil at concessional rates after the ending of a concessional facility provided by Saudi Arabia until the end of last year."

(Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri hoped during a meeting with Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari)

"There is no possibility of talks with politicians who are abroad. There is no chance for mid-term polls, and there is absolutely no chance for martial law in the country as democratic system is in place and functioning according to democratic norms."



(Pakistan Muslim League (PML) President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain commenting over Asif Ali Zardari's press statements)

"Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is a 'caring fellow' he has done a fine job and I look forward to continue to work with him."

(US President Bush brushing aside criticism against Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld over his handling of the Iraq war in a press conference)

"An advanced society existed at least 7,500 years ago in what is now the UAE."

(Archaeologists announced after Studies of a man's skeleton, discovered in March on Marawah Island, 70km west of Abu Dhabi)

"The Indian Government is planning a legislation to check obscene programmes in television after the introduction of direct to home service."

(Indian Information and Broadcasting Minister Jaipal Reddy assuring in Rajya Sabha that the mechanism for monitoring Direct To Home (DTH) programmes has already been strengthened)

"I am used to giving money to the poor, not just during election time."

(Lalu Prasad Yadav Indian Railways Minister reacting over the charges against him of bribing the voters for receiving blessings from the aged poor women, which brought him in trouble again, this time for violating the model code of conduct in his home state, Bihar)

"Contrary to the impression I gave last night we did have a sexual relationship, which started before her marriage, but the relationship became very infrequent indeed afterwards. There is no possibility that I could be the father of either of her children. I deeply regret the hurt I have caused to my wife and family."

(Gulf News quoting Simon Hoggart, London-based political sketch writer for The Guardian and correspondent at The Spectator)

"I wish those who had left Pakistan after its formation had not done so because his country missed the texture of society it intended to have."

(Kuldip Nayar quoting a former Chief of Air Staff of the Pakistan Air Force in his article in Gulf News as saying this during a farewell party to a delegation of retired military officers to India in New Delhi)

"We have sent messages to the Syrians in the past and we will continue to do so. We have tools at our disposal a variety of tools, ranging from diplomatic tools to economic pressure. Nothing's taken off the table."

(US President George W. Bush in his recent press conference threatening Syria with new diplomatic or economic measures to pressure the country over its suspected interference in Iraqi politics)