FOR THE RECORD
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By AZAM ALI
Feb 14 - 20, 2005
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PPL MANAGING DIRECTOR S. M. RAZA CONCEDED before the Senate Committee "lady doctor was molested in Sui Hospital". Raza gave a detail and horrifying presentation.

(PPP Senator Rukhsana Zuberi who is also a member of senate committee and currently probing the matter, disclosed)

"We have to deploy COMMANDOS ON TRAIN in Sindh and Balochistan provinces this is now must in the light of increasing bomb blasts on railway tracks."

(Inspector General of Pakistan Railways police said after chairing a high level meeting in Lahore)

"The land locked state NEPAL was completely cut off from the rest of the world and Pakistan was monitoring the situation closely."

(Pakistani national daily Dawn reported quoting a senior Pakistani foreign officer after Nepalese King sacked Nepalese government and declaring emergency)

"WE ARE RE-BRANDING PAKISTAN to reflect its true potential to the world as economy was set to attain a growth rate of eight percent in next three years as against 7 percent today and 6.4 percent last year."

(Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz observed while speaking as the chief guest at a dinner hosted in honor of the delegates attending the Expo-2005)

"I DON'T THINK ANYBODY THINKS that the unelected mullahs who run that regime are a good thing for the Iranian people or for the region. I think our European allies agree that the Iranian regime is human rights behavior and its behavior toward its own population is something to be loathed."

(Condoleezza Rice, US Secretary of State)

"THERE IS AN INCREASING FEAR IN SAUDI ARABIA, the western companies may have decided against doing business in Saudi Arabia until the political situation becomes clearer."

(Reuters quoting Charles Keville, a director in the crisis management team of Aon Corporation, the world's second largest insurance brokerage)

"BUSH'S WORDS WERE A REPETITION OF HIS FORMER GROUNDLESS CLAIMS AND ACCUSATIONS. He talked about some issues that are not related to the current situation while closed his eyes on realities of Iran."

(Remarked Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi, a report carried out by the Iranian official news agency)

"EVERYONE KNOWS THAT SYRIA IS COOPERATING IN FIGHTING TERRORISM, but the definition of terrorism cannot be selective and based on ideology and politics."

(Syrian Information Minister Mehdi Dakhlallah said while rejecting the US accusations on Al Jazeera Arab satellite television)

 

 

"THE GOVERNMENT OF SAUDI ARABIA can demonstrate its leadership in the region by expanding the role of its people in determining their future."

(Abdul Aziz Al Fayez of the appointed consultative council said)

"WE HAVE TO GET OUT AND PROVE WE CAN WALK WHEREVER WE WANT TO. We have to prove there is no such thing as a 'no-go' area for American troops out here. All too often we see Americans riding around in armored vehicles or running away when they get shot at. It sends the wrong message and makes the insurgents think we're scared of them."

(Gulf News quoting Soldiers in 82nd, from rank and file privates to senior officers, as criticizing military planners, accused them of undermining the war effort in order to avoid high US casualties. The only way to do this is to send soldiers out, on foot, into the street, he added)

"WE KNOW THIS FROM OUR OWN SOURCES that Indian government has deliberately slowed down its pace and attributes it to "some hawks" in the Ministry of External Affairs. But neither President Pervez Musharraf nor I have given up hope despite many Pakistanis blaming us for having been taken for a ride once again.

(An Indian journalist Kuldip Nayr in his article published by the Gulf News quoted Pakistani Foreign Minister Khurshid Kasuri as saying)

"THOSE WHO ARE COMING TO PAKISTAN for the first time are perhaps still in a state of shock because the impression they may have had before coming here has entirely changed."

(Prime Minister of Pakistan observed while talking to the foreign delegates at Expo-05)

"IN THIS NEW CENTURY, millions of people in the world's poorest countries remain imprisoned, enslaved and in chains. They are trapped in the prison of poverty. It is time to set them free."

(Nelson Mandela, former South African President and Nobel Peace Prize winner said while addressing a rally at Trafalgar Square, London adding that 'like slavery and apartheid, poverty is also not natural'. It is man-made and it can be eradicated by the actions of human beings)