Centurion comes from the Latin word 'centurio' or Greek 'hekatontarchos'. The centurion was a professional officer of the Roman army who commanded a centuria (century) of professional fighters. He had risen through the ranks over a period of nearly two decades. The position could not be achieved via political intrigue, and had to be earned even at the cost of his own life. The centurion inspired his men and led by example. He always led his troops from the front. Two main attributes were his hallmark: Valour and Honour. It took a courageous heart, an adventurous spirit, a quick mind and a visionary soul to become a centurion. To rise to centurion was considered the highest honour a legionnaire could attain. The main attributes of a centurion leader are: Creativity, Learning from Failures, Unity, Commitment, Pureness of Motive, Persistence, Decisiveness, Boldness, Care for People and Know thy People. There have been many centurion leaders in the past who have had one or more of these attributes. They include Hannibal known for his creativity in war, Abraham Lincoln who learnt from his failures, Alexander who united various armies that he conquered, Joan of Arc for her commitment to the people, George Washington for his pureness of motives, Mao Tse Tung for his persistence of struggle, Winston Churchill for his decisiveness in war, Kamal Ataturk for his boldness in reforms, Napoleon Bonaparte for the caring of his people, and Martin Luther King for knowing his people among others. But the leaders that stands out among all are Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the leader of the masses, and his daughter Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, the people's princess, who both had all the attributes of a centurion leader. Like her father, Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto was highly educated and very well read. She was highly articulate and a social democrat. She continued with her father's slogan of 'food, clothing and shelter' to the people, who rallied behind her by the millions. She had learnt what was the need of the hour, and was committed in her Election Manifesto towards good governance. She wanted to give a new social order to the people, economic revival to the country, the 'charter of democracy' which ensured the supremacy of the Parliament, and a revived foreign policy. The manifesto, which she had personally authored, included the 5 E's which ensured the highest priority to Employment, Education, Energy, Environment and Equality. During her years in exile, she composed her struggle in poetic style which emphasises her creative genius. The Story of Benazir: From Marvi of Malir and Shah Latif is a testament to the fact that she wanted the people of her country to "not let your conscience die for power and pride" and to not compromise on principles with undemocratic forces. Her last book, Reconciliation: Islam, Democracy and the West which she completed just days before her tragic assassination, is yet another manifestation of her creativity which has become a bridge between the eastern and the western civilisations, and between Islam and the other great religions of the world. Coming from the first female Muslim prime minister, who struggled against two military dictators and was revered in the west, it has been read by every single head of state and many others who count in today's world. Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto pursued reconciliation and unity not just among the people of Pakistan, but among the peoples of the world through her book, her numerous articles published in the western press, and in her lectures which she gave endlessly at top universities and organisations around the world. It is her book which seeks to bring various religions and civilisations together, for which she deserves a Nobel Prize. She had pureness of motive when she reached out with an olive branch to all other political parties in Pakistan, and even went to Balochistan to condole the deaths of nationalist leaders, and asked for the release of all the other leaders. She wanted to bring FATA in mainstream Pakistan by extending the laws of Pakistan there, including the Political Parties Act. She was persistent in ensuring democracy returned back to Pakistan at any cost, even at the cost of her life. She wanted to ensure a pluralistic society with gender equality, rule of law, and human rights. She was decisive enough that the people of Pakistan will only have the best of social order, which included justice, freedom and liberty for all. Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto cared for the people, for the poor people in particular. She was most empathetic to all, friends and opponents alike. All her programmes catered to the poor. Her manifesto emphasised on containing inflation, combating unemployment, targeting poverty programmes, just labour policies, and initiating programmes such as the literacy and health corps, and vocational training, which have now been initiated under the present government. Even at a personal level, she was extremely charitable. She ensured scholarships, education programmes, and healthcare for the poorest of the poor. But her care is most evident in the October 2007 bomb blast after her arrival in Karachi when even though she knew her life was in danger, she visited the home of the victims of the blast who stood by her in her time of need. People require their leader to be accessible and close to them all the time so that they know their leader cares enough. That is what makes a leader in Pakistan and elsewhere around the world. She knew she could not keep away from her people, and though she had been warned of an assassin's bullet, she risked her life at the Rawalpindi public rally on December 27, 2007 and thus she too became a martyr like her father. "Better a life of test Than a worthless life of rest The land reclaims its own When the dead die They live again Becoming part of the land" - Benazir Bhutto The writer is senator PPP E-mail: jlaghari@gmail.com