Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday paid tribute the “generosity of Pakistani citizens” who have “raised RS10 billion” for the Diamer-Bhasha and Mohmand dams fund.
I would like to pay tribute to the generosity of the people of Pakistan for raising Rs 10 billion for the Dams’ Fund. pic.twitter.com/9PFbiLYmKk
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) March 12, 2019
According to the development shared by the premier, the contributions to the fund in the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) stand at Rs10,007,099,978.
Former chief justice (r) Mian Saqib Nisar had initiated a dam crusade to overcome the water crisis in the country last year. On July 4, the apex court had issued directives that the construction of Diamer-Bhasha and Mohmand dams should start immediately, and appealed to Pakistanis, including those residing abroad, to donate for the cause.
The former chief justice had initiated the donation process by announcing Rs1 million donation for the cause as he heard a case pertaining to the construction of Kalabagh Dam.
“It was said that ‘even SC’s father’ cannot construct dams,” Justice (r) Nisar had noted, reminding the naysayers that the Constitution of Pakistan had given the court the power to make it happen.
Subsequently, PM Imran Khan after coming into power had also decided to support the then CJP’s dam initiative and appealed overseas Pakistanis to contribute at least USD1000 to the cause.