Whither Pakistan Dictatorship Or Democracy ?

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Whither Pakistan Dictatorship Or Democracy ?

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In this anthology of her articles, Benazir Bhutto, the exiled 'Daughter of East'. comes out as the proud holder of South Asian heritage. She recalls the stories of the great Kings and rulers, that came down the centuries through the Khyber Pass in the North and Sindh in the South. She remembers the history that tells us of how rich South Asia once was, of its silks and spices, of its jewels and treasures that built the Taj Mahal, the Shalimar Gardens and the Grand Trunk Road. History lights the path for her to seek redemption by turning swords into ploughs to harvest a tomorrow that can bring light to lives now darkened in the night of misery This basic thrust of her creative thinking carries her towards the argument for a democratic Pakistan. In her view Pakistan was created as an expression of the free will of the Muslims of the Subcontinent as well as of the free will of the people of Sindh, Punjab, Baluchistan and the Frontier. She is convinced that only through this free will her country can be kept together in unity and strength, and not through the barrel of a gun. Therefore, according to the logic of this idea of free will, she says that the sooner we turn towards our survival, the sooner we turn towards the universal values to which we signed up at the United Nations in the Human Rights Declaration, and the sooner we can strengthen the foundations on which the Federation of one hundred and sixty million people rests. For her, the time is now

About the writer


BENAZIR BHUTTO On December 2,1988, Benazir Bhutto was sworn in as the Prime Minister of Pakistan. Apart from being a historical event, it altered her life dramatically. At the age of 35, Ms. Bhutto became the youngest Chief Executive Officer in the world and the first female Prime Minister of a Muslim country. After just 20 months in office, a rival political party unconstitutionally dismissed her government. Undeterred, she was reelected as Prime Minister in 1993. Today, as the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto is a living icon of the battle for democracy and stands with only a handful of female executive leaders who have shaped the global events of the last century. Born in Karachi in 1953 to Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, who served as Prime Minister during the mid 1970s and was overthrown and executed in 1979, and Begum Nusrat Bhutto, Benazir attended Harvard and Oxford Universities and obtained degrees in Philosophy, Politics, Economics and International Law and Diplomacy. Ms. Bhutto is the author of "Foreign Policy in Perspective" (1978)_and her autobiography, "Daughter of Destiny" (1989). She received the Bruno Kreisky Award for Human Rights in 1988 and the Honorary Phi Beta Kappa Award from Radcliff in 1989. Benazir Bhutto is the Chairperson of the Pakistan Peoples Party and resides in Dubai.

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