Bhutto expects agreement with Musharraf on power

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LONDON, Oct 4 (Reuters) Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto said today she expected to forge a reconciliation agreement with President Pervez Musharraf before the end of the day.

''We are expecting an ordinance today, yes,'' Bhutto told reporters when she arrived for a second day of talks with her party leadership in London.

Asked whether there had been progress, Bhutto said: ''There have been a lot of talks. We'll have an announcement later.'' Yesterday she had announced that power-sharing talks with Musharraf were stalled and her party's members of parliament were set to resign as a result.

In the meantime, further discussions have taken place between Bhutto and her supporters in London, and Musharraf and his representatives in Pakistan.

Bhutto's spokesman, Wajid Shamsul Hasan, told reporters: ''I think the national reconciliation ordinance has been finalised.

They're going to send it to us today.'' The national reconciliation ordinance, as the Pakistan government calls it, is an order on dropping corruption charges but it is currently only in draft form.

A key demand of Bhutto is that the agreement must include an amnesty for government servants and politicians under threat of prosecution in Pakistan. She herself still faces corruption charges, which she denies.

Hasan said Bhutto and her party leaders expected to receive the draft document by email at the house in London where around 60 of them are meeting.

He said they expected to receive the proposed agreement by 1630 hrs ist when Bhutto has scheduled a news conference.

''We'll see if the points we've raised have been incorporated or not. If they are, we'll say yes; if they're not, we'll say no,'' Hasan said.


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