ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has appealed all Pakistanis, including the overseas ones, to financially contribute for construction of dams in Pakistan that are vital for country’s future generations.
In a message to the nation, the Prime Minister asked overseas Pakistanis, especially those living in European countries and the United States to contribute at least one thousand dollars in the fund created by Chief Justice of Pakistan.
Imran Khan applauded Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Mian Saqib Nisar for launching dams funds in Pakistan.
Pakistanis working in the Middle East and other countries can also contribute according to their capacity. He said eight to nine million Pakistanis are living overseas. Their contribution will not only help build dams but also improve the foreign exchange reserves that are at a lower level.
The Prime Minister said if adequate funds become available, these dams could be constructed in a period of five years. The Prime Minister assured the Pakistanis that he himself will protect his money which will be used for construction of dams.
He said Prime Minister’s fund for dam would be now part of Chief Justice’s fund and both will be merged. He said 1.8 billion rupees have so far been collected in the Chief Justice fund for dams.
Imran Khan lauded the Chief Justice for taking initiative for construction of dams which was basically the responsibility of the politicians. The Prime Minister said Pakistan could face drought like conditions by 2025 if dams are not constructed now.
Prime Minister said water scarcity is the major issue for Pakistan. Giving the statistics of water use, the Prime Minister said that the country’s debt has soared to Rs30,000 billion but one of our biggest issues to date is the water issue. “When Pakistan was made, every Pakistani had 5600 cubic metres of water but today that stands at only 1000 cubic metres,” he added.
“Pakistan could face drought like conditions by 2025 if dams are not constructed now,” the prime minister said and added if we didn’t construct dams, experts say that we will not have money to grow our crop, to feed our people. We can descend into chaos, so we need to start building this dam today.
The Prime Minister further said that storage capacity of water in Pakistan is only for thirty days. On the other hand, neighboring India has this capacity for ninety days and Egypt has one thousand days.
According to world standards, the safe capacity level is one hundred and twenty days. The Prime Minister said dams are vital for storage of water.