Funding dams

25 Jul 2018


IT IS most heartening that Justice Siddiqui of Islamabad High Court has made a donation out of one million rupees out of his salary towards the Diamer-Bhasha and Mohmand dams fund. I congratulate him for his most noble act. Indeed credit goes to our chief justice for launching such a fund for building the dams in order to bring an end to water shortage.

Unfortunately, Nawaz Sharif during his long tenure of office in power did not visualize or initiate such a fund with his own initial donation of one billion rupees which is just a peanut of his great fortune. He would then have earned the goodwill and admiration of the people.

Perhaps, other such leaders of great wealth like Zardari, the Sharifs, Imran, Jahangir Tareen, and many others would have followed his example and the nation would not have felt the acute shortage of water it is facing.

These leaders still have the chance to declare their willingness to contribute mighty sums for building such dams. They will reap immense support from the masses who would certainly elect them in the next election.

Such noble acts on their part would eliminate their reputation for being swindlers.

Perhaps, others would follow their example and come forward by contributing vast sums of their hidden wealth in speeding up the building of the dams.

Advocate A.S. Pingar



THE chief justice of Pakistan is focussed on building dams and Inter-Services Public Relations recently announced that all army officers will donate their two days’ salaries, while other ranks one day’s salaries for the cause.

This is a commendable step by the army. But, sadly, not a single minister came up with the donation.

It is disappointing that even Asif Zardari, Imran Khan and Nawaz Sharif are silent too on this, while they believe the army is against democracy.

Junaid Ahmed


Published in Dawn, July 25th, 2018