Jan 31 - Feb 06, 2005



"We have said before that if anyone wants to talk to us in a threatening language, we will adopt the same tone" But if they stop these threats and deal with us as equals and forget preconditions, we will think about the possibility of negotiating with this government."

(Iranian Cabinet Secretary Abdullah Ramazanzadeh reacting on US President George W. Bush's recent statement that said he could not rule out using force if Tehran failed to rein in its nuclear plans)

"If we go it alone, we will remain alone. Everyone knows our potential but we also have to know our limits."

(Israeli Vice-Premier Shimon Peres commenting over the efforts and building pressure to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons, adding that US would continue seeking a diplomatic solution, and that Israel would follow Washington's lead. The US has to decide, not us)

"Each year, more than five billion liters of fuel and oil products are smuggled out of Iran which cost the state $ 1.13 billion."

(Abdullah Ramazanzadeh Iranian cabinet secretary disclosed in his weekly news conference)

"On the 21st of January, between 3 pm and 6 pm, there was a violation of cease-fire from the Indian side."

(Pakistani Foreign Office spokesman Masood Khan said in a media briefing)

"Osama bin Laden is hiding in the rugged border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan."

(New York Times quoting US officials claim)

"It is impossible for me to do anything to deceive my brother, whom I love dearly and respect greatly."

(Mian Shahbaz Sharif while denying any "deal" with Gen. Pervez Musharraf and formal contacts with Pakistan Peoples Party top ranking leaders)



"Warning to US citizens"

(The US Embassy in Kuwait City has issued fresh warning to its US citizens of possible attacks by militants)

"Pakistan does not want to enter into an arms race with any country including India, weather nuclear or conventional."

(Pakistani Prime Minister told the Belgian Royal Institute for International Relations)

"No one will be allowed to disrupt the ongoing process of Balochistan development and deprive the Balochs of their rights to progress."

(President Pervez Musharraf said after fresh explosions of railway tracks in Quetta)

"He was having problems with drugs and all that was violent and because of that he separated from my sister. A few other times he went around as if he wanted to kill himself. I said if you are going to kill yourself, go kill yourself far away. Don't come be here telling that my sister."

(A Maricela Amaya, sister-in-law of a 25 years old US citizen Alvarez who committed suicide at the railway track in California which caused train crash killing 11 passenger)

"The US Army for the first time is placing women in support units at the front lines of combat because of a shortage of skilled male soldiers available for duty in Iraq."

(Gulf News quoting New York Times report)

"Two million Asian go into poverty."

(Asian Development Bank said in its recent report of tsunami which killed more than 160,000 and 100,000 are still under direct threat of Malaria)

"Pakistan will issue visas at entry at its all airport from 28 countries including United States."

(Pakistani Interior Minister Aftab Sherpao announced in a news conference)

"People loved to hate him."

(Indian newspaper commented after the death of veteran Indian actor Amrish Puri who died at the age of 72 after a long illness)

"It is not a bad idea to keep people away from criminal activities."

(Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai commented while announcing that his government was considering amnesty for drug traffickers)

"This is a major embarrassment to Pakistani authorities."

(A government spokesman said after Mushtaq Ahmed a low ranking Air Force member convicted and sentenced to death for playing a key role in an al-Qaeda plot to assassinate President Pervez Musharraf escaped from custody).