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Benazir Bhutto was one of the most famous Pakistani politicians and the first woman to lead a democratic government in a Muslim majority nation. She served as the Prime Minister of the country twice, from 1988 to 1990, and from 1993 to 1996. Her works, thoughts and ideologies were liberal and secular. From 1980s until her assassination in 2007, she co-chaired the centre-left 'Pakistan Peoples Party' (PPP). She remained a controversial figure and was criticised by opponents as corrupt and politically inexperienced. Her modernising and secular agenda received a lot of opposition from Pakistan’s Islamist lobby. Despite this, she remained popular throughout the country and also received a lot of support from the Western world. Following is a corpus of the most sought-after words, thoughts, views, opinions and experiences shared by the eminent leader. Zoom through the thoughts and quotes by Benazir Bhutto on Islamic, Pakistan, freedom, contribution, will, extremism, career, security, power, voice, women and miseries. 

Democracy is the best revenge.

- Benazir Bhutto

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.

- Benazir Bhutto

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

- Benazir Bhutto

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.

- Benazir Bhutto

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.

- Benazir Bhutto

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.

- Benazir Bhutto

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.

- Benazir Bhutto

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.

- Benazir Bhutto

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

- Benazir Bhutto

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

- Benazir Bhutto

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.

- Benazir Bhutto

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.

- Benazir Bhutto

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

- Benazir Bhutto

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

- Benazir Bhutto

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

- Benazir Bhutto

Democracy needs support, and the best support for democracy comes from other democracies.

- Benazir Bhutto

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

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.

- 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.

- Benazir Bhutto

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

- Benazir Bhutto

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.

- Benazir Bhutto

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.

- Benazir Bhutto

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.

- Benazir Bhutto

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.

- Benazir Bhutto

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.

- Benazir Bhutto

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

- Benazir Bhutto

The military destabilised my government on politically motivated charges.

- Benazir Bhutto

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

- Benazir Bhutto

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.

- Benazir Bhutto

I am constitutionally competent to contest the elections.

- Benazir Bhutto

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.

- Benazir Bhutto

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.

- Benazir Bhutto

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

- Benazir Bhutto

The Holy Book calls upon Muslims to resist tyranny. Dictatorships in Pakistan, however long, have, therefore, always collapsed in the face of this spirit.

- Benazir Bhutto

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.

- Benazir Bhutto

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.

- Benazir Bhutto