FACTBOX: Benazir Bhutto spoke of dangers ahead of killing

Thu Dec 27, 2007 12:10pm EST

(Reuters) - Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto spoke of the dangers she faced just before her assassination on Thursday.

Here are some notable quotes from Bhutto:

* At a rally in Rawalpindi on Thursday, she said: "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.".

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

* In a 1986 television interview: "Every dictator uses religion as a prop to keep himself in power."

* From "Daughter of Destiny", autobiography of Bhutto: "You can't be fuelled by bitterness. It can eat you up, but it cannot drive you."

* Commenting in 2001 when her 1999 conviction on corruption charges was suspended and a new trial ordered: "I always said that I was innocent and a victim of a politically motivated trial."

* Last October, shortly after escaping a suicide attack on her return to Pakistan after eight years in exile: "We have to modify our campaign to some extent because of the suicide bombings. We will continue to meet the public. We will not be deterred."

* On the declaration of a state of emergency in Pakistan: "I believe General Musharraf and people who are under him want to use this emergency to delay elections and they want to delay elections for at least one to two years."

(Writing by David Cutler, London Editorial Reference Unit)

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