Benazir Bhutto (Sindhi: بينظير ڀُٽو; 21ก June 1953 – 27 December 2007) was the 11th Prime Minister of Pakistan and the leader of the centre-left Pakistan Peoples Party. She was the first woman in the world to head a Muslim majority nation.
First voted in as prime minister in 1988, Bhutto was sacked by the then-president on corruption charges in 1990. She took power again in 1993 after her successor, Nawaz Sharif, was forced to resign in a row with the president.
Bhutto was no more successful in her second spell as prime minister, and Sharif was back in power by 1996.
In 2006 she joined an Alliance for the Restoration of Democracy with her arch rival Sharif, but the two disagreed over strategy for dealing with Pervez Musharraf. Bhutto decided it was better to negotiate with Musharraf, while Sharif has refused to have any dealings with the general.
Here are Benazir Bhutto’s Quotes:-
1.ON HER DREAM
“I dream …of a world where we can commit our social resources to the development of human life and not to its destruction”
“Extremism can flourish only in an environment where basic governmental social responsibility for the welfare of the people is neglected and political dictatorship and social hopelessness create the desperation that fuels religious extremism.”
3.ON HER GOVERNANCE
“The government I led gave ordinary people peace, security, dignity, and opportunity to progress.”
“Purusing peace means rising above one’s own wants, needs, and emotions.”
“To make peace, one must be an uncompromising leader and to make peace, one must also embody compromise.”
6.ON HER UNUSUAL LIFE
“I have led an unusual life and I have buried a father killed at age 50 and two brothers killed in the prime of their lives and 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.”
“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.”
“My father always would say, “My daughter will go into politics. My daughter will become prime minister”, but it’s not what I wanted to do. I would say, “No, Papa, I will never go into politics.” As I’ve said before, this is not the life I chose; it chose me … But I accepted the responsibility and I’ve never wavered in my commitment.”
9.ON POWER OF PEOPLE
“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.”