"I was a very shy girl who led an insulated life, it was only when I came to Oxford and to Harvard before that, that suddenly I saw the power of people. I didn't know such a power existed, I saw people criticising their own president, you couldn't do that in Pakistan, you'd be thrown in prison. I saw the press take on the government. I was determined to go back home and to give to my people the freedoms and the choices- the individual dignity which I saw my college mates and everyone else in the West have...That early educational influence has profoundly affected my outlook on life."
"I had fought a military dictatorship. It was a Muslim country with very strong patriarchal tendencies. There were tribal areas, there had been the war in Afghanistan with the Mullahs, so it was a very big challenge to convince those who were not with us that women in the world of today could do as well as anyone else."