"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
(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)