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Alibaba's entry in Pakistan hailed as boost for digital economy

Experts predict Islamabad likely to lower high taxes after Chinese e-retailer's investment

Online retailers in Pakistan have an advantage over traditional retail outlets, which need physical space to sell their products to consumers.   © Reuters

KARACHI -- Alibaba Group Holding's recent purchase of a Pakistan-based online retailer has positioned the Chinese technology conglomerate to make inroads in e-commerce across South Asia, but the acquisition has raised expectations of robust growth in an industry that many experts say performs well below its potential.

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