November 30, 2016

Benazir Bhutto Quotes

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

“Democracy is the best revenge. After ‘s death, her son’s brief public remarks were captured on video, and they were reported in international newspapers. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari announced, My mother always said, ‘ Democracy is the best revenge.’ “

“Democracy needs support and the best support for democracy comes from other democracies. Democratic nations should… come together in an association designed to help each other and promote what is a universal value — democracy.”

“Every dictator uses religion as a prop to keep himself in power.”

“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.”

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

“I am constitutionally competent to contest the elections.”

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

“I don’t fear death. I remember my last meeting with my father when he told me, You know, tonight when I will be killed, my mother and my father will be waiting for me. It makes me weepy… but I don’t think it can happen unless God wants it to happen because so many people have tried to kill me.”

“I find that whenever I am in power, or my father was in power, somehow good things happen. The economy picks up, we have good rains, water comes, people have crops. I think the reason this happens is that we want to give love and we receive love.”

“I know death comes. I’ve seen too much death, young death.”

“I put my life in danger and came here because I feel this country is in danger. People are worried. We will bring the country out of this crisis.”

“I was brought up to believe that human beings are good, which is why it shocks me to the core when I see human beings behaving badly.”

“If they only showed this much spunk when it came to containing the terrorists I don’t think we would have such a problem.”

“It is one thing being able to contest an election and to give the people hope that I can be the next prime minister. It is a totally different situation where the people of Pakistan are told that the results are already taken and the leader of your choice is banned.”

“It would be so nice to have the luxury just to laze. So nice not to have to always get up and get dressed for some occasion. Always having to move from here to there, where everything is scheduled and even having lunch with my kids on their Easter break has to be slotted in. Maybe one day…”

“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.”

“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.”

“The military destabilised my government on politically motivated charges.”

“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.”

“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.”

“Whatever my aims and agendas were, I never asked for power. I think they need me. I don’t think it’s addictive. I think, if anything, it’s the opposite of addictive. You want to run away from it, but it doesn’t let you go. It’s doing it again.”