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Pakistan to get Rs 5,000 crore from World Bank; seeks help from Interpol to curb online blasphemy

The World Bank has approved financial assistance of USD 450 million for Pakistan, which is roughly equal to Rs 5,000 crore in Indian currency. The financial assistance will seek to help the poor and vulnerable people in Pakistan. The USD 450-million financial assistance comprises USD 300 million under the Finance for Growth Development Policy (FGDP). It will help Pakistan to promote an inclusive and transparent financial sector. Another USD 100 million will be given to Pakistan under the National Social Protection Programme. An additional USD 50 million will be provided under the Punjab Tourism for Growth Project.

Meanwhile, in another development in Pakistan, the country has sought Interpol’s help to put an end to online blasphemy. Pakistan has pointed out that many social media pages contain inflammatory and sacrilegious content, something that violates international laws. Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has also contacted Facebook through formal channels to block such pages. Pakistan has also requested swift punishment for people involved in uploading blasphemous material online on social media platforms and other websites. Pakistan is hopeful that Facebook will respond in a positive way, since it involves the religious sentiments of 200 million Pakistanis.

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