Pakistani Democracy Is Achievable: Bhutto Widower

Zardari: stakes high in Saturday's elections
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 4, 2008 8:31 AM CDT
Asif Ali Zardari, widower of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, is running for the presidency of Pakistan.   (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)
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(Newser) – Pakistan, still reeling from Benazir Bhutto's assassination and Pervez Musharraf's resignation, can get a grip on terrorists and win the fight against dictatorship, insists Bhutto’s widower in a Washington Post op-ed outlining the stakes in Saturday's election. Asif Ali Zardari, who’s running for president, vows to continue his wife’s fight against terror, which he called a “battle for Pakistan’s soul.”

“I owe it to my party and my country,” Zardari writes, “but above all to my wife, who lost her life striving to make Pakistan free, pluralist, and democratic.” Pakistan, he adds, stands with America against terror, adding, “The war we are fighting is our war. My party and I are struggling to save our nation.” (Read more Pakistan stories.)