Monday, March 17, 2008

Benazir Bhutto on Destiny

Sometimes events and responsibilities are thrust at us rather than being things that we choose.

This is most evident in the life of former Pakistani Prime Minister, Benazir Bhutto.

In her autobiography, Daughter of the East: An Autobiography, Bhutto writes of her personal sense of destiny when she takes the oath of office in 1988, at the age of 35—the first woman Prime Minister elected in the Muslim world:

“I had not asked for this role, I had not asked for this mantle. But the forces of destiny and the forces of history had thrust me forward, and I felt privileged and awed.”

Source: Benazir Bhutto, Daughter of the East: An Autobiography (London: Simon & Schuster, 2007), 392.

A review of this book is posted at Reviewing Books and Movies.

Dr. Geoff Pound

Image: Benazir Bhutto.