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Former Pakistani PM: Musharraf Ready to Step Down As Army Chief in Political Deal


Pakistan's exiled former prime minister Benazir Bhutto says President Pervez Musharraf has agreed to step down as army chief as part of a proposed power-sharing agreement.

In interviews with various news agencies on Wednesday, Ms. Bhutto said she expected General Musharraf to quit as head of the military before the next presidential elections expected later this year.

She also said the president agreed to grant her and a "huge" number of other officials immunity from further prosecution for outstanding corruption charges.

Earlier, cabinet minister and presidential aide Sheikh Rashid Ahmed told reporters that a deal between General Musharraf and the former prime minister is 80 percent complete. But he provided no further details and there has been no confirmation from President Musharraf.

Ms. Bhutto has been meeting with aides of the military leader in London, where she has been living in self-imposed exile following allegations of corruption during her two terms as prime minister.

Ms. Bhutto is reportedly also seeking to lift the ban on serving a third term as prime minister.

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