CJP’s dams donation drive fails to woo overseas Pakistanis

Published: September 7, 2018
Out of Rs1.93 billion, only Rs20 million has been donated by countrymen living abroad. PHOTO: FILE

Out of Rs1.93 billion, only Rs20 million has been donated by countrymen living abroad. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: Out of Rs1.93 billion, donated to the Chief Justice’s Fund for the construction of dams, Rs1.91 billion was donated domestically.

According to data available till September 6, a total Rs1.93 billion has been donated so far. Interestingly, only Rs20 million has been donated by overseas Pakistanis while the remaining Rs1.91 billion was raised locally.

Pakistanis donated Rs0.9 million through debit and credit cards while Rs53 million through SMS and Rs32 million through IBFT. Likewise RS1.82 billion has been donated in the bank branches in specific accounts across the country.

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Overseas Pakistanis from United States donated Rs5.7 million followed by UK from where Pakistanis donated Rs4.19 million. Pakistanis living in UAE have donated Rs4.13 million. Pakistanis living in Canada have donated Rs1.5 million. Interestingly, Rs18,490 have been donated from India and only Rs3,000 have been donated by Pakistanis from Afghanistan.

On the other hand, Secretary Law & Justice Commission of Pakistan Raheem Awan, while talking to The Express Tribune, said that overseas Pakistanis are very enthusiastic to donate to the fund but they could not do so due to different reasons, adding that there are very limited Pakistani banks branches situated in abroad.

Likewise, there are also other technical issues, he added. In view of these problems, Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar has already given special instructions to the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) governor to resolve these issues so that countrymen living abroad could easily send donations.

Awan also hoped that a visible change will be witnessed in the donation of overseas Pakistanis in the next few days.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • CAreful reader
    Sep 8, 2018 - 3:44AM

    Introduce an incentive card; something to attract affluent overseas Pakistanis to donate 10,000 USD each . How about first dibs on some housing scheme in Islamabad ? How about one window customer service oriented way to get NICOP and CNIC at Pakistani counselates overseas ? How about a meeting with Pakistani cabinet members when they visit UK USA etc?Recommend

  • Riaz Khan
    Sep 8, 2018 - 1:45PM

    No country has built a dam by crowd funding. Even after so many months only 1% of required money has been donated. There is no alternative to loan from IMF/World Bank.Recommend

  • avtar
    Sep 8, 2018 - 2:42PM

    The govt. has not yet spent millions of dollars collected after 2010 floods, according to some NGOs. What is the assurance that money will be spent this time!Recommend

  • Salman Mahmood
    Sep 9, 2018 - 6:18PM

    We need Pakistani government to setup a Gofundme account for Pakistani’s abroad. Our only option right now is to do an international wire transfer to donate to dam funds. That wire has 50 dollar bank fees and inconveience of waiting in bank. Make is easy for Pakistani’s abroad to donate. Please!!Recommend

    Sep 10, 2018 - 12:39PM

    alot of us have contributed i also have and alot of my friends but we did using our HBL accounts and HBL cheques or whatever Pakistani banks my friends had account in , so it is not i guess counted in overseas transfer .Recommend

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