KARACHI: The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) on Tuesday held a press conference to explain arrangements made at its field offices and bank branches across the country to receive donations for Supreme Court of Pakistan’s Diamer Bhasha and Mohmand Dam Fund.

The fund was established on the instructions of Chief Justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar.

Sharing details, SBP Deputy Governor Shamsul Hasan said accounts have been opened in all SBP (BSC) field offices, commercial banks and microfinance banks. He clarified that donations can be made online through internet/ATM banking or other channels besides cash deposits at counters of banks as well as from overseas.

In case of any query or difficulty in making donations, public may contact SBP Helpline at UAN 111-727-273. Commercial banks can also be contacted on their respective helplines in this regard. Awareness SMS for Diamer Bhasha and Mohmand Dam Fund are also being sent out to customers.

Donations pour in: The SBP deputy governor announced that officers and staff of SBP and its subsidiaries will donate two-days and one-day salary respectively to the fund.

In similar spirit, presidents of National Bank, Habib Bank, United Bank, and representatives of ABL and MCB also announced donations on behalf of their banks. These donations are in the form of one time contributions and one to two days salary from their staff and matching amount from banks.

Secretary General FPCCI Dr Iqbal Thaheem said the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) will contribute one month’s pay of the employees, a statement said.

Karachi Port Trust Chairman Rear Admiral Jamil Akhtar announced that the KPT officers would be contributing two days pay and employees would pay one day salary towards the fund. The KPT chairman announced to contribute his one month pay.

Published in Dawn, July 11th, 2018