FOR THE RECORD
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By AZAM ALI
Mar 21 - 27, 2005
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"UK diplomat is advising us (opposition) to co-operate with General Pervez Musharraf. This move on his part is tantamount to interfering in country's internal affairs. Therefore, he should be declared persona non-grata and be expelled from the country."

(MMA leaders said in a press conference on March 10 in Lahore)

"I think I made the wrong career choice."

(British Prime Minister Tony Blair said to Irish rock star and anti-poverty campaigner Bono, during a recent visit to Davos)

"We've spent $200 billion destroying Iraq. Now we've got to spend $200 billion to build it, if they will let us. And all to find a nut in a fox hole one guy."

(Ted Turner, CNN founder, in a speech in Las Vegas to the US National Association of Television Programme Executives)

"They came in with the cranes and the lorries, and they depleted the whole sites. They knew what they were doing; they knew what they want. This was sophisticated looting."

(Sami Al-Araji, the deputy minister of industry in Iraq disclosed last week that in the weeks after Baghdad fell in April 2003, looters systematically dismantled and removed tons of machinery from Saddam Hussein's most important weapons installations, including some with high-precision equipment capable of making parts for nuclear arms. He added that if the equipment's had left the country, its most likely destination was a neighboring state)

"Afghan prisoners who died in American custody in Afghanistan in December 2002 were chained to the ceiling, kicked and beaten by American soldiers in sustained assaults."

(The New York Times, reported quoting US Army and human right agencies adding that Army investigators implicated 28 US soldiers and reservists and recommended that they face criminal charges, including negligent homicide)

"At least 1,600 employers had employees who were involved in the fraud. Only at one clinic more than 5,000 patients had unnecessary surgeries for which doctors filed more than $1 billion of fraudulent insurance claims."

(Twelve Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans, working with the F.B.I., said Friday that they had broken up an elaborate insurance scheme in which thousands of patients from 47 states were sent to California to undergo unnecessary surgical and diagnostic procedures)

"Our Information Minister Sheikh Rashid has become security risk for the Pakistan."

(MMA leader Hafiz Hussain Ahmad reacting over Federal Minister's statement on involvement of Dr A.Q. Khan in transferring nuclear technology to Iran at the behest of General Pervez Musharraf adding that interference in the internal affairs of Pakistan by US and its allies is no more a secret. What to speak of US, even on Sheikh Rashid statement that Pakistan transferred centrifuge component to Iran he voiced apprehension that US will not attack Iran on its own but Iran will be targeted through Israel. Pakistan nuclear installation could also be hit in the event of Israel attack on Iran)

"I have combined camel milk from Al Ain and honey from Yemen, and we end up with a healthy, tasty and delicious chocolate, we are the first company in the region to produce pasteurised camel milk."

 

 

(Khalij Times reported quoting Georg Hochleitner, who is a recognized and reputed chocolate maker in Austria)

"We are not providing any used centrifuge parts to the UN atomic agency to trace the origin of highly enriched uranium contamination found in Iran. These are entirely baseless reports."

(AFP said quoting Pakistan's foreign ministry spokesman Jalil Abbas Jilani)

"The Americans already know much more than what the minister said in his statement."

(UPI reported quoting a South Asian diplomat)

"We have not allowed CIA agents to launch operation on our soil to track down Taliban chief Osama bin Laden."

(Sheikh Rashid, Pakistan Information Minister, told private TV channel)

"Come closer don't resist.' Aao Jan Sharmao mat main tum ko filmstar bana don ga."

(These were the last words of Bollywood star Shakti Kapoor, when a private TV channel team jumped into the room and Shakti Kapoor realized that he had landed in a trap of a female reporter. The reporter called Shakti Kapoor in a hotel room in Mumbai asked him to help her for becoming Indian filmstar and Shakti Kapoor demanded sex in return. The whole episode taped in a room was than aired next day)

"American consumers continued to buy foreign-made goods at a record pace. China is one of our top priorities, we need to be concerned about China and some of their tactics."

(The New York Times quoting US Commerce Department reported)

"When you are young, you are like a dog barking outside the house to make people aware you are outside. Later, you don't need to bark because you are in the house."

(Pierre Boulez, 80, author, teacher and advocate of contemporary music, quoted as saying in The Sunday Times.)