Benazir Bhutto

Benazir Bhutto
Benazir Bhutto
  • Born: June 21, 1953
  • Died: December 27, 2007
  • Nationality: Pakistani
  • Profession: Leader









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As a representative of women let my message be: Yes you can. Equality & Equal Opportunity
Democracy is the best revenge Democracies & Republics
Democracy is the best revenge. Democracies & Republics
Every dictator uses religion as a prop to keep himself in power. Religion & God
Freedom is not an end. Freedom is a beginning. Freedom & Liberty
I don’t want the choice in Pakistan to be between military dictatorship and religious dictatorship States. Nations & Nationhood ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
I’m not into smoke-filled rooms. I don’t have the time for Byzantine political intrigues. Miscellaneous
One cannot move so fast so as to invite a backlash. Leaders & Leadership
Pakistan’s military and intelligence services have, for decades, used religious parties for recruits. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
Pakistan's military and intelligence services have, for decades, used religious parties for recruits. Military & Veterans
The campaign against terror [in Pakistan] is a campaign for enduring freedom. Terrorism
The dictators play the United States like a fiddle and get away with it Foreign Aid
The three most beautiful words in the English language: We the people. Freedom & Liberty
The well-being of the nation is in the well-being of the people. States. Nations & Nationhood
We did receive a large amount of aid. Unfortunately, there's not much to show for it. The infrastructure has been depleted.... We would like to see that this time aid can be used honestly. Foreign Aid
We do have endemic corruption, but most of it is not political. Corruption
We do not believe that good relations with one country precludes good relations with another. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
A people inspired by democracy, human rights and economic opportunity will turn their back decisively against extremism.
All through the years of the Soviet empire, its Politburo held 'elections.' Of course, calling something an election and actually having it be an election are different things.
America's greatest contribution to the world is its concept of democracy, its concept of freedom, freedom of action, freedom of speech, and freedom of thought. Freedom & Liberty
As a woman leader, I thought I brought a different kind of leadership. I was interested in women's issues, in bringing down the population growth rate... as a woman, I entered politics with an additional dimension - that of a mother. Women ;Leaders & Leadership ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Democracy is necessary to peace and to undermining the forces of terrorism. War & Peace
Democracy needs support, and the best support for democracy comes from other democracies. Government
Extremism can flourish only in an environment where basic governmental social responsibility for the welfare of the people is neglected. Political dictatorship and social hopelessness create the desperation that fuels religious extremism.
General Musharraf needs my participation to give credibility to the electoral process, as well as to respect the fundamental right of all those who wish to vote for me. Respect
Given the right to a free ballot, the people would support my return.
I am constitutionally competent to contest the elections. Government
I am planning to return and contest the October elections in Pakistan.
I believe that democracies do not go to war; that's the lesson of history, and I think that a democratic Pakistan is the world community's best guarantee of stability in Asia. History ;War & Peace
I found that a whole series of people opposed me simply on the grounds that I was a woman. The clerics took to the mosque saying that Pakistan had thrown itself outside the Muslim world and the Muslim umar by voting for a woman, that a woman had usurped a man's place in the Islamic society. Society
I have led an unusual life. I have buried a father killed at age 50 and two brothers killed in the prime of their lives. I raised my children as a single mother when my husband was arrested and held for eight years without a conviction - a hostage to my political career. Life
I seek to lead a democratic Pakistan which is free from the yoke of military dictatorship and that will cease to be a haven, the very petri dish of international terrorism.
I was a very shy girl who led an insulated life; it was only when I came to Oxford, and to Harvard before that, that suddenly I saw the power of people. I didn't know such a power existed, I saw people criticising their own president; you couldn't do that in Pakistan - you'd be thrown in prison. Life ;Power
In 1988, when democracy was restored, the military establishment was still very powerful. The extremist groups were still there. And when the aid and assistance to Pakistan was cut, we had to adopt harsh economic policies. So in a way, it showed that democracy doesn't pay, and the military was able to reassert itself.
It's true that General Musharraf opposes my return, seeing me as a symbol of democracy in the country. He is comfortable with dictatorship. I hope better sense prevails. Hope
I've never had a bank account in Switzerland since 1984. Why would the Swiss do this to me? Maybe the Swiss are trying to divert attention from the Holocaust gold scandal.
Military dictatorship is born from the power of the gun, and so it undermines the concept of the rule of law and gives birth to a culture of might, a culture of weapons, violence and intolerance. Power
Military hardliners called me a 'security threat' for promoting peace in South Asia and for supporting a broad-based government in Afghanistan. Government ;War & Peace
My father was the Prime Minister of Pakistan. My grandfather had been in politics, too; however, my own inclination was for a job other than politics. I wanted to be a diplomat, perhaps do some journalism - certainly not politics. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Pakistan is heir to an intellectual tradition of which the illustrious exponent was the poet and philosopher Mohammad Iqbal. He saw the future course for Islamic societies in a synthesis between adherence to the faith and adjustment to the modern age. Future ;Religion & God
Pakistan's future viability, stability and security lie in empowering its people and building political institutions. My goal is to prove that the fundamental battle for the hearts and minds of a generation can be accomplished only under democracy. Future
Right now, they feel they have lost their voice, and their miseries have increased since my departure.
The government I led gave ordinary people peace, security, dignity, and opportunity to progress. Government ;War & Peace
The Holy Book calls upon Muslims to resist tyranny. Dictatorships in Pakistan, however long, have, therefore, always collapsed in the face of this spirit.
The military destabilised my government on politically motivated charges. Government ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The military wants a system that protects its policies and privileges.
The next few months are critical to Pakistan's future direction as a democratic state committed to promoting peace, fighting terrorism and working for social justice. Future ;War & Peace
The political parties have unanimously rejected the one-man constitutional changes.
The United Nations charter gives every nation the right to self defence, therefore when the American embassies were bombed it was a matter of time before the Americans responded by going for what they suspected were the causes of the attack. Time
Whatever my aims and agendas were, I never asked for power. Power
When the United States aligns with dictatorships and totalitarian regimes, it compromises the basic democratic principles of its foundation - namely, life, liberty and justice for all. Life
While living in America when I attended Harvard in the early 1970s, I saw for myself the awesome, almost miraculous, power of a people to change policy through democratic means. Power