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Pakistani-British boxer Amir Khan has announced to donate an amount of £10,997 to the funds for the construction of Diamer-Basha and Mohmand Dams. He has pledged to donate more after his fight against Columbian Samuel Vargas.
Khan has appreciated the efforts of Pakistan Army and Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar to remedy water scarcity in Pakistan. In a video message Amir Khan has urged other celebrities to donate for the funds.
“Pakistan has a shortage of clean drinking water in the country. I urge celebrities and other locals to contribute towards the fund,” Khan said.
Earlier this week, Pakistan Airline Pilot’s Association announced its members would donate their three-day salary to the fund.
Previously, former cricketer, Shahid Afridi, and actor Hamza Ali Abbasi had pledged to donate a handsome amount of Rs.1.5 million and Rs.0.3 million to the funds. Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa and other senior military officials and soldiers have contributed their salaries in the funds, an account solely created for the purpose of raising money for the construction of dams.
As per the reports Rs. 1.3 million was collected in the funds in just five days of its creation. To ensure transparency in the process the Supreme Court of Pakistan is regularly updating the amount on its website. To date, the funds have garnered the amount of Rs.110, 670, 227.
The account bears Account number 03-593-299999-001-4 and IBN number PK06SBPP0035932999990014 for raising funds for the construction of the two dams.
Earlier this month, Supreme Court of Pakistan remarked that water resources are essential to thrive the economic and human life and it entails swift measures to remedy the water shortage that is afflicting each part of the country.
Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar appealed to the general public and overseas Pakistanis to donate generously in the funds. He ensured the people the money collected from them would not be misused. Justice Nisar has himself donated Rs. 1 million.