Armed forces to make donations for construction of Diamer-Bhasha, Mohmand dams

Published: July 9, 2018
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A laborer works a dam. PHOTO: REUTERS

A laborer works a dam. PHOTO: REUTERS

The armed forces on Monday announced that officers and men will contribute to the fund earmarked for the construction of Diamer Bhasha and Mohmand dams, said the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) in a post on social media.

Director General ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor said officers of the Army, Navy and Air Force will donate two days pay for the cause while soldiers will pitch in with a day’s salary.

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The move comes a day after the government established Diamer-Bhasha and Mohmand Dam Fund to raise finances for the construction of these two critical reservoirs in a bid to fight impending water scarcity.

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Earlier this week, the country’s top court directed authorities to immediately start construction of the two dams and appealed to the people, including overseas Pakistanis, to make a contribution for executing the projects. During the same hearing, Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar also donated Rs1 million.

According to a notification issued by the Finance Division on Friday, contributions to the fund will be received at all branches of the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), all treasuries and branches of National Bank of Pakistan and other scheduled banks.0

The fund will receive donations from both domestic and international donors as well as contributions from abroad which will be received at all branches of the above banks where such branches exist.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Zaida Parvez
    Jul 9, 2018 - 5:58PM

    What about the profits from the hundreds of huge businesses? Where does that go? That can be used to fund Bhasha dam easily.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Jul 9, 2018 - 10:48PM

    We need the alleged $5-6bn Nawaz and Zardari have stashed overseas

    it will accelerate the dam construction Recommend

  • Akmal
    Jul 9, 2018 - 11:01PM

    The contribution of Pakistan Army and the people is generous keeping in view the circumstances. Keep in mind, the country has been looted by political leadership in the last 10 years and has fought a successful war against terrorists sponsored by India. Long live Pakistan.Recommend

  • Donor
    Jul 10, 2018 - 2:51PM

    The ones who realize the dire urgency of this matter will donate despite all odds, arguments or criticism being raised. However, whats the grand total we aiming for? The donation campaign should’ve mentioned that too.Recommend

  • Hasan
    Jul 11, 2018 - 2:34PM

    Construction & Financial Matters. In November 2008, the cost of the Diamer-Bhasha dam was estimated at $12.6 billion. and it will have a storage capacity of 8,100,000 acre feet (10.0 km3).

    At this rate of Donation it would take atleast 50 years to get this amount of money. This SC/establishment has turned the country into a joke.Recommend

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