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IMF deposits much-awaited $1.2 billion with Pakistan’s central bank under bailout, minister says


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ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s finance minister says the International Monetary Fund has deposited the much-awaited first installment of $1.2 billion with the country’s central bank under a new bailout deal. The financial infusion — part of a $3 billion new deal — comes ahead of parliamentary elections due later this year. Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif welcomed the development in a live address to the nation on Thursday. The day before, the IMF’s executive board approved $3 billion for Pakistan to enable it to avoid defaulting on its debt repayments. The bailout had been on hold since December because of the country’s lack of compliance with a 2019 agreement, signed between the IMF and former Prime Minister Imran Khan.

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