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December 19, 2003

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“None less than Allah can do it.” Mosharef Hossain, State Minister for Religious Affairs rejecting a demand for declaring the Ahmadiyyas non-Muslims.

“We would not be responsible for the fate of the Ahmadiyyas. We don't want to take the law in our hands, but we don't know what will happen to them.” Mohammad Mahmudul Hasan Mamtaji, president of Khatme Nabuwat Samannay Committee, an anti-Ahmadiyya outfit.

“I think this religious phenomenon is a ball of fire... it is still far from us, but it may take a serious turn if the government doesn't take immediate steps to check religious fundamentalists.” An anonymous minister quoted on the anti-Ahmadiyya agitation by The Daily Star.

“Being his son we live under the same roof.” Mahi B Chowdhury, son of Dr Badruddoza Chowdhury, Mahi denied to have any links with his father's recent political initiative.

“I have to keep mum on the proceedings because the Supreme Judicial Council imposed an embargo on me.” Barrister Rokanuddin Mahmud. On October 1 Rokan alleged that Judge Syed Shahidur Rahman took Tk 50,000 from an accused for fixing bail.

“It will send a clear message to the people of Zimbabwe that the Commonwealth is on the side of human rights and democracy.” British premier Tony Blair, who successfully led a drive to extend the Commonwealth's suspension of the southern African country.

“These racist leaders are using the Commonwealth to try to punish us.” Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe, after the organisation extended its suspension of his country for violating democratic principle.

“I hope I will soon find another victim, the flesh has almost gone.” Armin Meiws, a German cannibal on trial for murder on an email to a friend. Meiws told the court that he had been searching the Internet for another person to eat when he was arrested for consuming his first allegedly willing victim.

“The .22 bore bullets can be used to kill a target three kilometres away. I think they were brought in for use inside the country.” Golam Rasul, deputy commissioner of Dhaka metropolitan police after a new cache of arms was found in Mohakhali.

“I am happy to get back the rooms the speaker has allocated me.” Shahidul Islam, BNP lawmaker. The officials at the deputy speaker's office, who were occupying them, vacated these two rooms at the Jatiya Sangsad after a prime ministerial intervention.

Compiled by: AHMEDE HUSSAIN. Quotes can be sent to <dsmagazn@gononet.com>

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