Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has expressed willingness to drop the cases pending against exiled former premier Nawaz Sharif and other political leaders as part of the national reconciliation.
Musharraf, who is seeking re-election for a five-year term in the October six Presidential ballot, told private Geo TV in an interview that he wanted to withdraw cases against Sharif, who briefly returned home last month before being packed off to Jeddah, as well as leaders of other political parties under the National Reconciliation Ordinance.
His comments came a day after another former Premier Benazir Bhutto, who lives in self-imposed exile in London and Dubai, was offered amnesty by the government over the corruption charges against her.
The Pakistan President, who recently gave an undertaking before the Supreme Court that he would shed uniform if re-elected, said he would retain the post of the Army Chief till November 15, the date when the national and provincial assemblies complete their tenures.
He is expected to win the Presidential poll as the ruling PML-Q and allied parties have majority in the electoral college comprising Parliament and four provincial assemblies.
Musharraf, who seized power in a bloodless military coup in 1999 toppling the Sharif government, yesterday appointed Lt Gen Asfaq Pervez Kiyani to succeed him as the Army chief after he sheds uniform.
The Pakistan President also said that there was no difference of opinion between him and Gen Kiyani, who was till recently the head of ISI.