Top 10 most inspiring quotes by Benazir Bhutto
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- A people inspired by democracy, human rights and economic opportunity will turn their back decisively against extremism.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Benazir Bhutto, born on June 21, 1953, in Karachi, Pakistan, was a prominent political figure and the first woman to lead a Muslim-majority country. Hailing from a politically influential family, she was the daughter of former Pakistani Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. Educated at Harvard and Oxford, she returned to Pakistan in the late 1970s amid her father’s political turmoil and subsequent execution by a military regime.
Benazir became the chairperson of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and was a vocal advocate for democracy and social reform. She served as Prime Minister of Pakistan twice, from 1988 to 1990 and later from 1993 to 1996, making significant strides in education, women’s rights, and health care during her terms.
Her leadership was marked by both achievements and controversies, including allegations of corruption. She faced multiple challenges in a male-dominated political landscape and amidst ongoing political turmoil.
Tragically, her life was cut short when she was assassinated on December 27, 2007, during a political rally in Rawalpindi, just weeks before the scheduled general elections. Her death sparked international outrage and left a significant impact on Pakistan’s political landscape, solidifying her place as a symbol of democracy and women’s empowerment.
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