ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief Justice of Pakistan Saqib Nissar Dams Fund received total Rs 6.4 billion so far. The countrywide contribution to the fund stood at Rs 5.93 billion while Rs 487.14 million was transferred from abroad, according to an update issued by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) on Friday.
The fund witnessed a boost after the recent speech of Prime Minister Imran Khan who urged the nation to donate generously for the construction of Diamer-Bhasha and Mohmand dams.
Among foreign countries, the Pakistani diaspora in USA contributed Rs 193.448 million followed by UK which contributed Rs 51.45 million and United Arab Emirates (UAE) donated Rs 45.8 million for the dams’ fund. Meanwhile, the SBP issued a list of top 10 donors both on institution and individual level. Among institutions, up to October 18, the highest donation of Rs 1.01 billion was paid by employees of government of Punjab, followed by Pak Army which donated Rs 582.1 million for the dams’ fund. Similarly HQ CWO SPD contributed Rs 201.1 million, Bahria Town contributed Rs 110.13 million, PAF Rs 100.3 million, HBL Islamic Charity Rs 100 million, and Qarshi Industry Rs 50 million.
Among individuals, Sardar Tanveer Ilyas Khan donated Rs 20 million, Abdul Hanan Khan Rs 19.88 million, Zeeshan Ahmed Rs 15 million, Saqib Razzaq, Mian Muhammad Azhar, Hassan Anjum and Faisal Abbas contributed Rs 10 million each. Similarly, according to the SBP update, an amount of Rs 103.24 million has also been received for the fund through SMS service of various companies.
Meanwhile, the Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan (LJCP) has urged the government, WAPDA and other concerned authorities to necessary measures for construction of Diamer-Bhasha and Mohmand Dams as soon as possible. The Commission acknowledging the importance of water as a fundamental right to life expressed the dire need for water security in the country, said a declaration after the conclusion of two two-day international Symposium titled “Creating a Water Secure Pakistan” in Islamabad.
It said that the potential of the Indus Basin needs to be realized through priority actions. The international water law should be used to put forward Pakistan’s perspective before various international forums, it further reads. It also recommended that effective salinity and sedimentation management techniques should be adopted to protect Pakistan’s agricultural land and the storage capacity of dams and reservoirs respectively.