Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – The Prime Minister and Chief Justice of Pakistan Dams Fund received a total of Rs 3.023 billion till Tuesday (September 11, 2018).

The countrywide contribution to the fund stood at Rs 2.876 billion while Rs 147.6 million was transferred from abroad, according to an update issued by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP).

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. Some Rs 906.2 million was received in the fund on September 11, the State Bank said.

Meanwhile, the SBP in a circular directed the banks not to charge any service fee including interchange fee, merchant discount rate, transaction fee etc on the donations/payments made to the dam fund through payment cards (debit, credit or prepaid cards).

In a televised address to the nation on September 7, Prime Minister Imran Khan made an impassioned appeal to all Pakistanis, particularly overseas diaspora to generously donate funds to help the Country build dams.