India's attitude towards Pakistan changed after Islamabad's 1998 nuclear tests: Nawaz Sharif

Lahore: Pakistan's ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday claimed that India's attitude towards Pakistan changed after Islamabad conducted nuclear tests in 1998.

"India carried out nuclear tests in 1998 and it changed the language of its ministers towards us. But when Pakistan conducted the nuclear tests in its reply suddenly their attitude changed. Eight months after the nuclear tests, Indian prime minister Vajpayee visited Lahore by bus," Sharif said while addressing a ceremony here in connection with the 20th anniversary of the nuclear tests.

 Indias attitude towards Pakistan changed after Islamabads 1998 nuclear tests: Nawaz Sharif

File image of former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif. Reuters

On 28 May, 1998, Pakistan had conducted five nuclear tests. "It is because of my decision to conduct the nuclear tests that no one could challenge Pakistan," said the PML-N supreme leader.

He further said that he was asked by then US President Bill Clinton not to conduct nuclear tests and in return he promised to give him $5 billion. "I refused that offer and made the country's defence invincible," he said.

"I told Clinton that since India had carried out nuclear tests we will have to follow suit. India was making tall claims and we have to tell it that we are second to none," he added. Sharif said Pakistan's defence had been made strong by an elected prime minister and not by a military dictator.

"It was General Pervez Musharraf who compromised on Pakistan's interest and not an elected prime minister," he said. The powerful army, which enjoys considerable influence over policy decisions in Pakistan, has ruled the country for much of its life since it gained independence 70 years ago.

Updated Date: May 29, 2018 07:41:48 IST