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WB approves $12 billion loan for Pakistan


ISLAMABAD: The World Bank has approved a $12 billion loan over five years for cash-strapped Pakistan, the country's finance ministry said on Friday.

The finance ministry said the money will target "energy, economy, (fighting) extremism and education", with $1 billion being transferred to Pakistan in the next week.

The loan will carry a two percent interest rate.

Pakistan is struggling to overcome a massive energy crisis, and a shortfall in tax revenues, and has borrowed heavily to pay government expenditure. – Reuters                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

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