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‘Lukeworm response’: Expats contribute Rs 6.9m in Rs 861mn for dams fund

ISLAMABAD: The fund dedicated for the construction of Diamir Bhasha and Mohmand dams has received lukewarm response from the expatriate Pakistanis as they sent only Rs 6.92 million to the Fund out of total collection of Rs 861 million.

According to the latest update issued by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), total collection from within Pakistan was recorded at Rs 854.8 million.

The detail, as shared by the state-run wire service, shows that the Fund received Rs 22.006 million on August 13, Rs 87.4 million on August 09, Rs 63.4 million on August 8 and Rs 44.9 million on August 6.

Similarly, total donations received in the fund through various public and commercial banks on August 3 was Rs 16.1 million, on August 2, Rs 21.3 million, on August 01 Rs 41.4 million and on July 31 Rs 66 million.

The country wise data shows that out of total donation received from within the country, Rs 41.8 million were collected through SMS service, Rs 21.24 million from Interbank transfer service whereas an amount of Rs 791.06 million was collected at bank branches.

Similarly, from USA, an amount of Rs 1.451 million was received for the Fund, while from UK Rs 1.01 million, from Germany Rs 1.055 million, from UAE, Rs 0.664 million, Canada Rs 0.437 million, from Singapore Rs 0.478 million and from Netherlands an amount of Rs 0.25 million was received.

The Fund has been established by the SBP on the directions of the Supreme Court. All the commercial and micro-finance banks, and field offices of SBP Banking Services Corporation have opened the Fund account to receive donations in cash, and through cheques, pay orders and demand drafts at all their branches across the country.

The donors can also make online donations to the Fund through internet banking, automatic teller machines (ATM) and other alternate delivery channels (ADC) using IBAN of their respective bank. The banks have sent the IBANs of the Fund account to their clients through SMS alerts, while the bank-wise list of IBANs is also available at the SBP’s web page.

The donations can also be made through credit / debit cards from anywhere in the world by clicking the “Online collections for Supreme Court Diamer Bhasha & Mohamand Dams Fund” on the SBP’s web page.

The overseas Pakistanis may deposit their contributions to the Fund in cash, cheques, pay orders, demand drafts etc at the Pakistani missions in the relevant country. They can also make the contributions through credit / debit cards from anywhere in the world.

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