Donors not pledging funds because of Pak's "corrupt" govt: Khan
Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan has claimed that local and foreign donors are not providing adequate aid for victims of the country's worst floods because of the lack of credibility of the Pakistani government, which he branded as "corrupt".world Updated: Aug 15, 2010 13:35 IST
Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan has claimed that local and foreign donors are not providing adequate aid for victims of the country's worst floods because of the lack of credibility of the Pakistani government, which he branded as "corrupt".
"It is an issue of credibility. The Pakistan People's Party-led government is corrupt and no one trusts it," he said.
Speaking at an iftaar dinner for donors of the Shaukat Khanum Hospital last evening, the Tehrik-e-Insaaf party Chairman said expatriates and foreigners had approached him and asked him to receive funds from them for the flood victims.
"They told me they have fears that if they deposit money in the government's relief fund, the amount will not reach the deserving," he said.
This was the only reason why the world community is shying away from pledging funds for the victims, Khan claimed.
"Finding the government in this situation, I have decided to launch a campaign to collect funds for the flood victims. I will announce the programme in a few days," he said.
The government has been severely criticised for failing to mobilise even Islamic countries to provide aid for the over 14 million people affected by the deluge.
The US has provided aid worth over 70 million dollars while India has pledged five million dollars.
Khan said the Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital, built in the memory of his mother, was an example of the people's trust.
"If the people are convinced that their amount will be spent on the purpose they are donating for, they give you beyond their capacity," he said.
"When I was raising funds for the hospital, some people used to say it could not be established. And even if it could be set up, no free treatment could be offered to the poor. But since its establishment, 75 per cent of patients are getting free treatment," he said.
Of the hospital's total budget of Rs 3.3 billion, Rs 1.5 billion was collected through 'Zakat' or donations, Khan said.
First Published: Aug 15, 2010 13:34 IST