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