Is everyone else in Pakistan honest asks Nawaz Sharif
Nawaz Sharif wants to know if everyone else in Pakistan is honest. Sharif who was ousted as Prime Minister of Pakistan on Friday said, "You should be proud that your leader doesn't have a stain of corruption on him."
The Pakistan Supreme Court on Friday disqualified 67-year-old Sharif for dishonesty and ruled that corruption cases be filed against him and his children over the Panama Papers scandal, forcing him to resign from premiership.
The court's ruling stated that Sharif had been dishonest in not disclosing his earnings from a Dubai-based company of his son in his nomination papers during the 2013 general election.
One of the judges, Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, said that Sharif was no longer "eligible to be an honest member of the parliament".
Addressing leaders of his Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Sharif said,
"I am proud that I have not been declared ineligible over charges of corruption," he said at the PML-N's parliamentary meeting that approved his brother and Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif as his successor.
The former premier claimed he did not receive any kickbacks or commissions and never compromised on principles.
"When I never took a salary, what would I declare," he said, referring to the Supreme Court judgement that led to his ouster. "When you take something, there's a problem; when you don't, there's a problem," he observed.
"Is it only my family that should be held accountable? Is everyone else in this country Sadiq (honest) and Ameen (righteous)?" he asked.
"My conscience is clear," he asserted. "If I had done something wrong; or took something from this country that was not mine, I would have felt the guilt myself," he said.