ISLAMABAD: President and former Prime Minister of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan said on Saturday he would hold a fundraising telethon on Monday night for flood victims as flash floods caused havoc in the country.
“Our senior leaders met and we decided that I would do an international telethon to raise funds for flood victims on Monday evening. Imran Tigers will be activated to volunteer for relief work. A committee headed by Sania Nishtar will be set up to identify and coordinate the allocation of funds based on need,” he tweeted. “Let me make it clear that our movement for Haqeeqi Azadi will continue alongside our flood relief work,” he asserted.
The announcement comes a day after the former prime minister, while visiting flood relief camps in DI Khan, said he was under pressure to start a fundraiser for the victims, however, he won’t unless he’s sure how the money will be spent.
Earlier in the day, Punjab Chief Minister Pervez Elahi telephoned key PTI leaders to persuade party chairman Imran Khan to announce a fundraising campaign for flood victims.
Elahi phoned Asad Umar and Shibli Faraz and urged them to ask Imran Khan to announce a fundraiser for flood victims.
“Floods have wreaked havoc across Pakistan and we should leave it all behind and support the victims,” he said.
He stressed that the whole nation should work together for the restoration of roads, schools and hospitals.
“The rehabilitation of the victims and the provision of food and medicine are among our top priorities,” the Punjab CM announced.
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