Qadir, an ice cream vendor in Karachi, says he fears being kidnapped for ransom.
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It took rickshaw driver Mohammad Rasheed a year to save 300 rupees to buy his daughter a bike, so when he found 3 billion rupees ($22.5 million) had passed through an unused bank account in his name, he was stunned ... and scared.The revelation of the laundering frenzy comes as the newly elected Khan has vowed to squash rampant corruption and recover billions siphoned from the country as his government scrambles to shore up Pakistan's deteriorating finances.Pakistan's poor have long been used as fronts for the elite to dodge taxes and hide assets.In September, Pakistan's Supreme Court established a commission to investigate the scourge, finding that at least 400 million dollars had passed through "thousands of false accounts," using the names of impoverished people.The brazen laundering schemes come as Pakistan was again placed on a watchlist this year by the Financial Action Task Force an anti-money laundering monitor based in Paris for failing to do enough to combat terror-financing.
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