( Gulfnews ) Islamabad: Pakistan yesterday granted former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto an amnesty concerning corruption cases, a move designed to clear the way for a power-sharing deal between her and President Pervez Musharraf .
The development came on a day when a new army chief was named, and 164 federal and provincial lawmakers formally resigned as part of the opposition's attempt to undermine the credibility of the presidential elections.
Railway Minister Shaikh Rashid Ahmad, a confidant of the military ruler who has agreed to step down as army chief after his expected re-election by the assemblies on October 6, said that in granting an amnesty, a key demand by Benazir was being met. "The government has agreed to withdraw graft cases against the former prime minister and grant her indemnity," he told Gulf News. "The decision was taken in a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz ."