ATP Quiz: Who Said This?

Posted on August 6, 2007
Filed Under >Adil Najam, ATP Quiz, Books, People, Politics
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Adil Najam

This one should be easy. Too easy maybe. But, then, the purpose of these posts is not really to test your knowledge. It is – like everything on this blog – to initiate conversations. To kindle thought. And maybe remind ourselves of things we should never have forgotten in the first place.

Anyhow, don’t read too much into that little stream of consciousness. Just go with your instincts; sometimes the heart is a better judge of history than the mind!

My opponents sometimes say: ‘This man is a dictator; he has all the power in his hands.’ How? I do not know. After all, there always has to be someone finally in charge whatever the system, be it parliamentary or presidential, a monarchy or a dictatorship. There are many to assist but, in the ultimate analysis, one man has to take the final decision. This has been the case throughout history, and it is so even today all the world over. If the man is chosen by the people and if he is a good man, he has to be trusted and given full co-operation.

To my knowledge there has never been so much freedom in this country as there is today. ‘On a number of occasions I have been accused, abused, and vilified, subjected to all kinds of rumours and slanders, all thoroughly unjustified and untrue, by some of the biggest blackguards in the country, and I have swallowed it. I have put up with it for the simple reason that I want to nurse and protect the system. I will not allow it to be demolished.

Because this one is as easy as it is, we will hope that you will share with us not only who said this, but also why, where and in what context.

47 responses to “ATP Quiz: Who Said This?”

  1. Sami Ullah Jan says:

    Anatomy of Suicide

    I happened to watch an interesting discussion of one of the private television channels on Anatomy of Suicide. One of the experts believed to be a psychologist made an interesting remark

  2. Roshan says:

    I guess that the text is from Gohar Ayub’s recent book ‘Glimpses into the corridors of Power’ published by oxford printing press.

  3. MQ says:


    The language is a bit too “literate” for Nawaz Sharif to have said it. Hain Ji?

    And as I already said, it is too unlike Musharraf’s — it’s too restrained.

  4. baber says:

    Adil When will you announce the winner of the color television?
    Was this speech in English or you transalted it ?

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