Gen Bajwa donates Rs1b for dam fund on military’s behalf


Sophia Siddiqui


Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Monday called on Chief Justice Saqib Nisar at the Supreme Court to present a cheque of Rs1,005.99 million as the army’s donation to the Diamer-Basha and Mohmand Dams Fund set up by the apex court.
In his letter to the chief justice, the COAS said, “It gives me immense pleasure to share with you that the Supreme Court’s decision regarding construction of ‘Diamer Bhasha’ and ‘Mohmand Dam’ has been well received by Pakistan Army.”
He said that all ranks of the army, including civilian officers, junior commissioned officers and soldiers, had contributed in order to support the initiative.
“Pakistan Army’s welfare organisations have also voluntarily made contributions for this cause,” the letter read.
The meeting between the COAS and CJP was held at the Supreme Court of Pakistan, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement. “Pakistan Army shall continue to contribute towards nation building as a national institution,” the ISPR quoted the army chief as saying.
Last week, Prime Minister Imran Khan spoke to the nation in a brief televised address to appeal for donations to the dams fund set up by the Supreme Court.
“When Pakistan was made, every Pakistani had 5,600 cubic metres of water. Today, that stands at only 1,000 cubic metres.”
“We have storage capacity of only 30 days for water when the safe period for water storage is 120 days. India has a capacity of 90 days. This is why making the dam for us is so important.”
Warning of the rapid depletion in Pakistan’s water resources, the premier said the country would face drought-like conditions by 2025 if immediate steps were not taken. “I want to commend Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar [for starting the dams fund], but this was not his job,” he had said. “This was the job of civilian leaders who knew this was going to swell into a crisis but did nothing to thwart it.”

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