ISLAMABAD: An autographed cricket bat and ball of Prime Minister Imran Khan has been auctioned in South Africa for raising funds for the construction of new dams in the country.
The premier’s signed bat and ball were auctioned for 0.3 million Rand (South African currency) and 70,000 Rand respectively.
The Pakistani community in South Africa donated Rs37 million for dams fund in the biggest fund raising event ever organised by the overseas Pakistanis on Tuesday.
The national cricket team’s signed bat had also been auctioned for 15,0000 Rands.
Speaking at the occasion, the chief guest, PTI Senator Faisal Javed, thanked the expatriate community for generously donating in the dam fund.
He said that “with this passion, Pakistan could overcome every challenge”.
“We all have to work hard together to steer the country on the path of progress,” he added.
The PTI senator went on to say that it had been more than 40 years now, not a single dam was built and presently, the country has the water storage capacity of one month only.
Faisal said that the Diamer-Bhasha and Mohmand dams will help to solve the water crisis in the country.
“Pakistan receives around 145 million acre feet of water every year but can only save 13.7 million acre feet”, he said, adding that Pakistan needed 40 million acre feet of water but 29 million acre feet of floodwater was wasted.
Event was attended by former captain and commentator Ramiz Hasan Raja and Pakistan cricket team Captain Shoaib Malik, Muhammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Shaheen Afridi, Shahdab Khan, Usman Shenwari, Mohammad Ramzan, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Faheem Ashraf, bowling coach Azhar Mehmood, Team Management Talat Ali and Mansoor Rana.
Fundraising event was arranged by PTI South Africa chief organiser Zahid Afzal, said a press release.