20+ Best Benazir Bhutto Quotes I Wish I Had Read

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Benazir Bhutto was the chairman of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and the most famous female politician who served as the 11th Prime Minister of Pakistan.

Benazir Bhutto was the first woman in a Muslim state to lead a country and led the country in two non-consecutive terms. She is the only female Pakistani Prime Minister to date and the eldest daughter of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and the wife of the former President, Asif Ali Zardari.

Benazir Bhutto was a strong figure in the battle of democracy. She was also one of the handful female executives who had an impact on the global scenario. She was assassinated on 27 December 2007, when she was addressing a rally.

We have compiled a list of Benazir Bhutto quotes for you to read.


Benazir Bhutto Quotes

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.


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.


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.


Democracy is necessary to peace and to undermining the forces of terrorism.


A people inspired by democracy, human rights and economic opportunity will turn their back decisively against extremism.


Whatever my aims and agendas were, I never asked for power.


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.


The military wants a system that protects its policies and privileges.


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’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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


I am planning to return and contest the October elections in Pakistan.


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.


I am constitutionally competent to contest the elections.


Military hardliners called me a ‘security threat’ for promoting peace in South Asia and for supporting a broad-based government in Afghanistan.


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.


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.


Right now, they feel they have lost their voice, and their miseries have increased since my departure.


Given the right to a free ballot, the people would support my return.


The political parties have unanimously rejected the one-man constitutional changes.


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.


The government I led gave ordinary people peace, security, dignity, and opportunity to progress.

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