Feb 28 - Mar 06, 2005



"Pak-India tension was like situation which were just before World War in 1914. They are still capable of sliding into a stand off because they do not really understand each other."

(Jack Straw, British foreign secretary said while speaking to Indian Express compared the tension between India and Pakistan following the attack on the Indian Parliament in December 2001, adding, "Powell and I ... were backwards and forwards to the region, basically to Islamabad and Delhi. And it was very tense. And we both felt that the countries were kind of sliding into a war, just in the way European countries in 1914)

"We at WHO believe that the world is now in the gravest possible danger of a pandemic."

(Shigeru Omi, The director of the World Health Organization's (WHO) Western Pacific office told in a closed-door discussions that bird flu would have a greater impact than the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak that killed nearly 800 people two years ago. "Bird flu could linger for years and even lead to a pandemic.")

"I can see a military action in Balochistan province coming soon, the situation in Balochistan is now alarming and there could be an armed resistance if a military option is opted."

(Nawab Akbar Bugti, the chief of the Bugti tribe warned in a telephonic press conference)

"Pakistani informers got staggering sum of $57 million from US for providing useful information about Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups and individuals."

(Pakistani newspaper Daily Times quoting a senior US official reported adding that this kind of thing has worked before, both here in Pakistan and in Colombia as well)

"The rapists including Captain Hammad, would have to go to the victim to seek her mercy, and if she forgave them, the Balochi people will pardon the men accused of raping a female doctor and Balochi people would have no objection to her decision."

(Nawab Akbar Bugti, the chief of the Bugti tribe and former Balochistan chief minister, said while talking to a private TV channel)

"Pakistani actress Meera's actions were totally against Islamic laws and moral values. Pakistani actors or actresses going abroad were ambassadors of the country, and were not allowed to spread vulgarity, given that they were Muslims and citizens of an Islamic state."

(A spokesman for the Pakistan government commenting over film star Meera's vulgar scene in an Indian movie including desperately kissing an Indian actor adding that not only she would be kept from Indian films but a heavy fine would also be imposed on her)



"There is no family pressure on me to dissolve my latest marriage with Tehmina and I should not be pressed anymore on this issue."

 (Exiled PML leader Shahbaz Sharif, finally confirmed that he had married Tehmina Durrani in 2003, while addressing a meeting of party leaders, journalists and several other people at a New York restaurant. Sharif, who recently underwent a successful medical check-up, was subjected to a rally of questions about his marriage, despite his request that it be treated as a private and personal matter)

"Dr A.Q. Khan was a national hero until he was forced under investigation to confess to proliferation that you are referring to. He's practically being confined to his house, our friends (US) trust us. They know that any lead that they will give will be thoroughly investigated."

(Pakistani Foreign Minister Khurshid Kasuri told a Japanese Newswires 'Dow Jones' in Tokyo adding that any information that we had, we have shared, not just with the US; for example, relevant information on Iran with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Japan on North Korea. We are prepared, however, if there are new leads to investigate anything. We take our responsibility as a nuclear power very seriously)

"We have arrested three persons of an organized gang while they were filling out enrolment forms for villagers and marking them as Qadianis."

(Mukhtar Tikka a District Police Officer of Multan 'Vehari' told newsmen in a press briefing)

"On one side, I am very sad and hurt that the identification process has ended without finding any traces of my husband, on the other side, part of me is relieved that no tiny fragment was found of my husband. If only a small piece was found, I would wonder what happened to the rest of him. What were his last moments like? Did he suffer a lot?"

(Meena Jerath the widow of Prem Nath Jerath, a structural engineer for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, who died in 9/11 tragedy expressed in an e-mail message).