Former Pakistani prime minister raises $33m in three hours for flood victims

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A former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, in three hours raised 33 million dollars for Pakistan’s flood victims.

Khan, who is also the chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) raised the fund through telethon last Monday.

He was accompanied by a number of celebrities and politicians, including the Chief Minister (CM) of Punjab, Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, CM Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Mahmood Khan, Hamza Ali Abbasi, and the former Special Assistant to the PM (SAPM) on Social Protection, Sania Nishtar.

The event was moderated by Senator Faisal Javed Khan, who said that the former PM had raised more than Rs. 5 billion in a three-hour telethon held for the flood victims.

Renowned British-Pakistani boxer, Amir Khan, announced a donation of Rs. 5 million during the telethon, and PM Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Ilyas Khan, contributed Rs. 30 million as well.

The former PM also stated that monsoon-induced floods have affected the entire country and have killed over 1,000 people, while the damages are likely to exceed Rs. 1,000 billion.

He asserted that he will work with the federal government and the Government of Sindh to assist as many flood victims as possible despite being charged with 18 cases, including terror charges.

Khan advised that more dams should be built to save people from such calamities in the future.

“The sole solution to prevent the catastrophes caused by flood is to construct dams,” he added.

According to Pakistan’s top climate minister, Sherry Rehman, the flooding has submerged a third of the country underwater with damages estimated to exceed more than $10 billion.

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