Former Prime Minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan announced on Saturday that he would hold an international telethon on Monday night to raise funds for flood victims.
“Our senior leadership met, and we decided I would do an international telethon to raise funds for flood victims on Monday night,” the former prime minister said on his official Twitter account.
He stated that the ‘Imran Tigers,’ the PTI’s tiger force, will be activated to volunteer for relief work. “A committee will be formed under Sania Nishtar to identify and coordinate funds allocation based on needs,” he added.
Imran clarified that his campaign for “true freedom” will continue alongside flood relief efforts.
According to sources, the party has decided to postpone scheduled political rallies due to flood devastation across the country.
Over the last few weeks, more than 30 million people have been affected by historic monsoon rains and flooding across the country. The destruction of infrastructure and the breakdown of communication links complicates the authorities’ rescue and relief efforts in the region.
The government has asked the international community for assistance as it deals with the aftermath of torrential rains that caused massive floods, killing nearly 1,000 people.
During a visit to flood-ravaged Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa on Friday, Imran announced the construction of ten more dams in the province to prevent the devastation caused by the ongoing super deluge.
Imran visited the districts of Dera Ismail Khan and Tank and interacted with flood victims at a relief camp set up at the Ratta Kulachi Sports Complex. The former Prime Minister, accompanied by K-P Chief Minister Mahmood Khan, reviewed relief and rehabilitation efforts in the affected areas.
“If we had dams, we could easily store water,” the former prime minister said. “A dam should also be constructed on Mount Sulaiman.” Dam construction is the only way to prevent flood-related disasters.”
Imran stated that the current floods were more destructive than those in 2010, and that Sindh and Balochistan were the worst-affected provinces. He directed the party’s volunteers to assist and serve flood victims.