The bigotry, intolerance, and inflexible tradition that Benazir Bhutto talks about two decades ago are still very much alive and kicking in Pakistan today. While in some small way we seem to be making headway in achieving a less violent society in terms of extremist attacks, the very fabrication of our society on a household level remains a violent and bigoted one. Women are burnt alive and the law helps to cover the crime up. Peace will be a distant dream if this mentality is allowed to continue without hindrance.

“Leadership is to do what is right by educating and inspiring an electorate, empathizing with the moods, needs, wants, and aspirations of humanity.

Making peace is about bringing the teeming conflicts of society to a minimal point of consensus. It is about painting a new vision on the canvas of a nation's political history. Ultimately, leadership is about the strength of one's convictions, the ability to endure the punches, and the energy to promote an idea.

And I have found that those who do achieve peace never acquiesce to obstacles, especially those constructed of bigotry, intolerance, and inflexible tradition.”

–Benazir Bhutto in "Reflections on Working Towards Peace" in Architects of Peace: Visions of Hope in Words and Images (2000) edited by Michael Collopy