The President of the United States at the 67 General Assembly of the United Nations:
It is time to heed the words of Gandhi: “Intolerance is itself a form of violence and an obstacle to the growth of a true democratic spirit.”The President of Pakistan, at the same podium:
I remember the red carpet that was rolled out for all the dictators in our country - dictators who promised the international community the moon - while Pakistan was kept in the dark.The whole of President Zardari's speech is worth listening to:
These dictators and their regimes are responsible for suffocating and throttling Pakistan, Pakistan’s institutions, and Pakistani democracy.
I remember the judicial execution of Pakistan’s first elected leader, Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto.
I remember the jailing of Pakistan’s elected leaders. I remember the twelve years I, myself spent in prison.
And I remember the billions provided by the international community to support those dictatorships.
My country, its social fabric, its very character has been altered. Our condition today is a product of dictatorships.
It can be read (as a graphical file) on the UN site at:
or as text on the Associated Press of Pakistan site at: