LAHORE: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif said on Monday that if he was corrupt he would have taken then US President Bill Clinton’s $5 billion offer to refrain from conducting nuclear tests in 1998.
Nawaz Sharif was addressing a ceremony held to commemorate 20th anniversary of nuclear tests of Pakistan.
The former premier alleged that then US president Bill Clinton offered him $5 billion to stop the nuclear tests.
“If I was corrupt and not a patriot I would have said that bring me the money,” said Nawaz.
He said that ‘dictator’ Pervez Musharraf bowed down on a single phone call, whereas, a elected prime minister remained steadfast.
Nawaz said that then British leaders and other international leaders also asked him to not to proceed with the tests.
He said that eight months after then Indian prime minister visited Pakistan. “If we had not conducted nuclear tests the Indian PM wouldn’t have visited,” said Nawaz.
The former prime minister said that Pakistan is an atomic power and no one can treat it with bad intentions.