This quote is from the late Benazir Bhutto, who was a Pakistani politician, the first woman elected to lead a Muslim state, twice elected as Prime Minister of Pakistan. A leader whose courage I admired. On 27 December 2007, Benazir Bhutto was killed while leaving a campaign rally for the PPP.
“To make peace, one must be an uncompromising leader. To make peace, one must also embody compromise.
Throughout the ages, leadership and courage have often been synonymous. Ultimately, leadership requires action: daring to take steps that are necessary but unpopular, challenging the status quo in order to reach a brighter future.
And to push for peace is ultimately personal sacrifice, for leadership is not easy. It is born of a passion, and it is a commitment. Leadership is a commitment to an idea, to a dream, and to a vision of what can be. And my dream is for my land and my people to cease fighting and allow our children to reach their full potential regardless of sex, status, or belief.”
“Reflections on Working Towards Peace” in Architects of Peace: Visions of Hope in Words and Images (2000) edited by Michael Collopy
- Benazir Centres: 1,700 women provided assistance (mainbaghihoon.wordpress.com)
- Remembering Benazir Bhutto (nustbazmepakistan.wordpress.com)
- Prosecutor investigating the murder of Pakistan’s ex-leader Benazir Bhutto gunned down outside his home (sott.net)