Pakistan is heir to an intellectual tradition of which the illustrious exponent was the poet and philosopher Mohammad Iqbal. He saw the future course for Islamic societies in a synthesis between adherence to the faith and adjustment to the modern age.
The next few months are critical to Pakistan’s future direction as a democratic state committed to promoting peace, fighting terrorism and working for social justice.
A people inspired by democracy, human rights and economic opportunity will turn their back decisively against extremism.
I have led an unusual life. I have buried a father killed at age 50 and two brothers killed in the prime of their lives. I raised my children as a single mother when my husband was arrested and held for eight years without a conviction – a hostage to my political career.
The political parties have unanimously rejected the one-man constitutional changes.
Democracy needs support, and the best support for democracy comes from other democracies.
The military destabilised my government on politically motivated charges.