The personal characters of Pervez Musharraf and Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto were very similar but strikingly opposed to each other. Each was emblematic of their respective style of politics. Both had tireless perseverance, steadiness of purpose and magnanimity of soul essential for exceptional achievement. Both were provident in council and vigorous in execution. Both possessed personal integrity of the highest degree. Both were indefatigable and iron-willed in their determination to do what they did. Both had unmatched courage. But here the similarities stop and the contrast begins to emerge. Musharraf was covetous of glory, Benazir was inspired by duty; Musharraf was reckless about slaughter, Benazir was sparing of blood; Musharraf was untrustworthy of word; Benazir was inviolable in faith. Agreements were regarded by the former as binding only when expedient - alliances valid only when useful; obligations were regarded by the latter as obligatory even if ruinous, conventions sacred even when disgraceful. Musharraf's wasting warfare converted his countrymen into enemies. Benazir's tolerance changed her enemies into friends. The former fell because the whole country turned against him; the latter's party triumphed because her principles won. -KHUBAIB USMANI, Islamabad, via e-mail, August 19.