"I believe that democracy is the best guarantor for peace and cooperation among nations."
"I try to indulge my muse whenever I am able to get away from it all."
"For me, power was never an attraction."
"My message to the people and rulers of Pakistan is, 'As neighbours, we want peace and friendship and cooperation with you so that together we can change the face of South Asia.'"
"My poet's heart gives me strength to face political problems, particularly those which have a bearing on my conscience."
"People want government to deliver - here and now."
"We have given up office, but not our responsibility to serve the nation. We have lost an election, but not our determination."
"Let me make one thing clear. I have never considered mere survival in power as any achievement, just as I have never seen coming to power as an achievement in itself."
"This power of democracy is a matter of pride for our country, something which we must always cherish, preserve and further strengthen."
"We are unnecessarily wasting our precious resources in wars... if we must wage war, we have to do it on unemployment, disease, poverty, and backwardness."
"No one can be considered untouchable on political grounds."
"Creative universities are bedrock of every developed nation's S&T strategy."
"I believe the gun is no solution to problems."
"For development, peace is essential."
"Violence does not contribute to anything."
"I prefer to die rather than eat beef."
"We believe in equal respect for all faiths."
"I would like that no citizen of the state feels alone and helpless. The entire nation is with them."
"Our nuclear weapons are meant purely as a deterrent against nuclear adventure by an adversary."
"While accepting donations, no one looks at the colour of money."