Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday evening made a stunning revelation when he said that the former United States President Bill Clinton had offered him 5 billion dollars for not conducting nuclear tests
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a stunning revelation on Wednesday said that the former United States President Bill Clinton had offered him 5 billion dollars for not conducting nuclear tests back in 1998, according to a report by International Business Times. Sharif added that if he had not cared for Pakistan, he would have accepted Clinton’s offer back then. These claims have come at a time when Nawaz Sharif is facing charges of corruption and money laundering against him and his family following the Panama Papers leak and is under a lot of pressure to resign.
“I would have taken $5 billion from the US for not carrying out nuclear tests if I were not loyal to the country,” Sharif said while addressing a political gathering in Sialkot in Punjab on Wednesday claiming that the stock exchange has suffered due to the ongoing controversy. Pakistan tests were conducted days after India conducted the nuclear explosions at Pokhran in May 1998 under Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
According to a report by Geo TV, Sharif also lashed out at opponents who are demanding his resignation. “Their target is only to remove Nawaz Sharif and then make their own way. They could not do it through the people’s vote and are now looking for another way… What corruption are they talking about?” Sharif said adding that not a single penny from public funds was ever swindled during his tenure. “Even if only I am being held accountable, it doesn’t matter as someone is being held accountable… Hold me accountable but at least tell me what the charge is,” Sharif further added challenging his opponents to find even one case of corruption against him.
While addressing the party workers, Nawaz Sharif also clarified that it was his family and not the government that was under scrutiny. The demand for Sharif’s resignation has been growing after the investigation team found him and his children guilty of perjury, forging documents and hiding assets. The charges were levelled after the team probed offshore assets and companies owned by him and his family.