Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif waves to supporters during an election campaign meeting in Rawalpindi on May 7, 2013. The election will mark a democratic milestone in a country ruled for half its history by the military. It will be the first time that a civilian government has served a full term and handed over to another at the ballot box. AFP PHOTO / AAMIR QURESHI

I would have accepted Clinton’s $5bn offer if corrupt, Nawaz Sharif

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Ex-PM, Nawaz Sharif has said that if he was corrupt, he would have accepted the US president Bill Clinton’s $5bn offer to abstain from conducting nuclear tests in 1998.

Nawaz Sharif was addressing Yom-e-Takbeer ceremony held in Lahore. The ceremony organized to mark the 20th anniversary of Pakistan’s nuclear tests. He said that today Pakistan is a nuclear power, and no one can turn his bad eyes toward us. He further stated that he has a 33-year relationship with the public since 1985. Nawaz Sharif said that his relationship with the public is his valuable investment which is still strong today.

However, Nawaz Sharif claimed that if he was corrupt he would have accepted Bill Clinton’s proposal. He further alleged that Clinton has offered him $5bn for not conducting nuclear tests back in 1998. “The UK and Canadian Prime Ministers also telephoned me not to do nuclear blasts”, Nawaz claimed. Furthermore, he said that If he wasn’t a patriot, he would have put $5bn in his pocket. “I told the US president that India has made nuclear explosions, now it becomes our right to answer them”, Nawaz said. He further said that he wasn’t like the dictator Musharraf who bowed down on a single phone call. It was he, the elected prime minister who steadfast, Nawaz Sharif claimed.

Moreover, ex-pm said that he has laid the foundation to establish Pakistan as a nuclear power. And it was he (Nawaz Sharif) who conducted the nuclear tests under critical circumstances. Relating his ouster, he said that Pakistan was developing rapidly and we were going to become a financial force, but the court punished him and sent him home.

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