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.
The government I led gave ordinary people peace security dignity and opportunity to progress.
It’s true that General Musharraf opposes my return seeing me as a symbol of democracy in the country. He is comfortable with dictatorship. I hope better sense prevails.
General Musharraf needs my participation to give credibility to the electoral process as well as to respect the fundamental right of all those who wish to vote for me.
Democracy is necessary to peace and to undermining the forces of terrorism.
Military hardliners called me a ‘security threat’ for promoting peace in South Asia and for supporting a broad-based government in Afghanistan.