“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 in conversation with Richard Haass in a special meeting of the Council on Foreign Relations, August 15, 2007.

During this meeting Benazir Bhutto pointed out the conditions that she felt were in place under the military dictatorship of General Musharraf. It had been 8 years since her exile and this interview took place before she arrived in Pakistan. She described a government that is unaccountable, that is unrepresentative, undemocratic, and disconnected from the ordinary people in the country, disconnected from the aspirations of the people who make up Pakistan. She went on to say that ‘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.’

Little did she know that the regime that she was so outspoken about would eventually allow her to enter the country, be the cause of her death and till today remain free from the accountability of the law and justice like so many other common Pakistanis.