FOR THE RECORD
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By AZAM ALI
Mar 07 - 13, 2005
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"The 34-page confidential 'draft report document' details 68 allegations of sexual misconduct by peacekeepers from Morocco, Nepal, Pakistan, South Africa, Tunisia, and Uruguay, and lists incidents where soldiers from Morocco, Pakistan and Nepal worked to obstruct investigators. The majority of allegations involved peacekeepers soliciting prostitutes, but there are nine cases of rape cited, including one in which a Nepalese soldier is charged with kidnapping and repeatedly assaulting a 14-year-old girl over a three-day period."

(New York Times reported in its December 16, 2004 issue quoting United Nations investigators)

"A few Pakistani soldiers were named in sex scandal in Congo. But they were cleared after investigations."

(Military spokesman Major Gen Shaukat Sultan said while denying the UN report)

"Increase in India's Defence budget was "not a helpful trend. We must work towards an equilibrium and there should not be an atmosphere of arms race or competition which can be avoided. What we need is nuclear restraint in the region, we need conventional balance, we need restraint all around."

(Pakistani Foreign Office spokesman Masood Khan said in his weekly news briefing)

"Washington Post report is a recycling of the old story that alleged that a secret meeting took place in 1987 in Dubai, between Iranian officials and Dr. A Q. Khan's associates."

(The Pakistani foreign office said while reacting over Washington Post report adding that the report is completely unfounded and no evidence has been produced to Pakistan in the report)

"Pakistani police used excessive force and committed or failed to prevent extra-judicial killings. The press was partly free and in some instances, the government took retaliatory actions against media outlets and journalists, however, media criticism of security forces and the government continued to increase during the year. Sectarian killings continued to be a problem. Police abused and raped citizens. Prison conditions remained extremely poor, and police arbitrarily arrested and detained citizens."

(The US State department's human rights annual report for 2004, released in Washington by Under Secretary for Global Affairs Paula Dobriansky, it report has a 14,000-word large chapter on Pakistan. The report, which is sent to the US Congress as an official document, also calls the 2002 referendum controversial)

"It is high time for Pakistan to understand the importance of economy, in today's world East Asia is most important region for Pakistan, Islamabad's slogan of maintaining a 'Time Tested' friendship with China would not hold water for long."

(Nobuaki Tanaka, Japan's Ambassador to Pakistan said while talking to Pakistani newspaper)

 

 

"Benazir Bhutto will return Pakistan in September. Asif Ali Zardari wanted to return by March 15 but Bhutto did not agree with him. Benazir Bhutto sending Zardari back to Pakistan indicated that the PPP and the government had struck a deal."

(Gulf News quoting top ranking PPP sources in Lahore reported when Benazir and Asif Zardari went on a US visit)

"As we pay homage to the great martyrs of Karbala and reflect on the lessons of their supreme sacrifice today, we must also look inwardly and do some soul-searching."

(Expressed former Prime Minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto in her massage on Youme-e-Ashura)

"I relied on guidance from Imam Hussain's noble example, and refused to yield to an usurper. I would have readily signed the document that two generals brought to me on October 13, and he would not have been exiled. Even now if I make a deal on the Constitution and national interests, the usurpers would welcome me with open arms, but honour of the country and the people is more valuable to me, I am sure that treacherous 'insiders' are bound to face the doom that is destined for Yazids of all times."

(Former Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif expressing in his massage on Youm-e-Ashura)

"While the others have said nothing, my client made a spontaneous confession from the beginning. He has given a detail account to French prosecutors that how he had sex with girls aged between 12 and 16 in exchange for small sums of money often between 50p and 1 bars of chocolate or, in other cases, two eggs, a packet of milk and a loaf of bread.

(Claude de Boosere Lepidi, a French lawyer representing Bourguet, told New York Times adding that his client was not aware of any other prosecutions in the pipeline)