In her own words

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December 28, 2007

"I told him on my oath in his death cell, I would carry on his work."
Recalling a visit to her father, former prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, before his execution in 1979

"The primary message of the visit and the talks will be that freedom has returned to Pakistan. It is not only a success for the people of Pakistan but for all those who believe in freedom."
Preparing for a visit to the United States in 1989, a few months after she first took office as prime minister

"I never influenced the awarding of a contract, and until my dying day I'll stand by it. They have tried to ruin me because they want to ruin the concept of a pluralistic, liberal Pakistan. To be accused of robbing, that really pains me."
In 1999, shortly after her conviction on corruption charges

"I haven't given myself away. I belong to myself and I always shall."
Vowing in 1987 that her arranged Islamic marriage to Karachi businessman Asif Ali Zardari would not upstage her political career

"Democracy needs support and the best support for democracy comes from other democracies."
1989 speech at Harvard University

"Pakistan is at a crossroads. We citizens are faced with a decisive choice this January 8th, election day. We can turn our backs on the years of dictatorship, fundamentalism, and economic decline."
Statement issued Wednesday with an appeal for donations to website

"We will continue to meet the public. We will not be deterred."
n October, shortly after narrowly escaping a suicide bombing on her return from an eight-year exile

"I put my life in danger and came here because I feel this country is in danger. People are worried. We will bring the country out of this crisis."
Yesterday, as she addressed the rally where she was assassinated

SOURCE: Associated Press

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