In his second speech to the nation, new Prime Minister Imran Khan took over the dam fund, saying it was not the chief justice’s job. He appreciated Nisar’s efforts but said that it was the job of the civilian government who had neglected the task for years.
He urged overseas Pakistanis to contribute as well.
“If every overseas Pakistani donates $1,000, we will have enough to build the dams ourselves,” the prime minister said.
However, he later explained that he knew it was not easy for every overseas Pakistani to donate $1,000 for the dam, especially those who live and work in the Middle East, yet those who were living in Europe and the United States should at least send $1,000.
So far, donations coming from overseas Pakistanis are quite low. As of September 24, the share of overseas Pakistani donations in the fund was just 7.8 percent of the total donations.
On September 24, the Supreme Court approved a change in the name of the Diamer-Bhasha and Mohmand dam fund. The fund will now be called Supreme Court and Prime Minister’s fund for Diamer-Bhasha and Mohmand Dams.