Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar has accepted an invitation from the World Congress of Overseas Pakistanis(WCOP) to visit the United Kingdom and European countries.
He is going to generate awareness on the crucial issue of water scarcity and building new reservoirs, asking expatriates to raise money for the dam funds.
The WCOP’s spokesperson Arif Anis said he met the chief justice after the landmark judgment through which the top court permitted Pakistanis residing abroad to cast their votes in the upcoming by-polls through i-voting.
Arif Anis, who visited Pakistan from London to attend the court, thanked the chief justice on behalf of the expatriates for their right to vote.
He told the media: “I informed the CJP of the efforts of overseas Pakistanis for the collection of funds for construction of dams in the country and requested him to visit the UK, Europe, and the US. He said that hundreds of millions of dollars could be contributed by the overseas Pakistanis to the funds for construction of dams as the expatriates were worried about the alarming water scarcity situation in Pakistan.”
The CJP thankfully accepted the invitation mentioning that he had been earlier invited by many overseas Pakistanis residing in different countries for donations for the construction of dams, but it was not possible for him to visit all the countries.
However, he said, he would visit overseas Pakistanis along with the governor of State Bank of Pakistan and the Wapda chairman on a seven days trip to sensitize the overseas Pakistanis about the water crisis in the country and raising dam funds. A seven days trip to the UK and Europe is most likely to be scheduled in October.
The ones in Pakistan can already donate Rs. 10 to the Supreme Court Dam fund established for construction of Diamer Basha and Mohmand dams by sending SMS from mobile phones and through the banks.