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Pak likely to remain in FATF 'grey list', fails to fulfill six key mandates

DNA Sunday, 18 October 2020 ()
This will become a major problem for Pakistan as it will become difficult for Islamabad to procure financial aid from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank, Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the European Union.
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