LAHORE - A fundraiser held at Governor House on Friday evening fetched Rs 20.5 million as people from different walks of life donated generously for the IDPs on the appeal of Punjab Governor Ch Mohammad Sarwar.

The donations included Rs 5.5  million cash, medicines worth Rs 2.5 million, four water filtration plants worth Rs 8 million and truck loads of food items and clothing.

One of the leading businessmen, Iqbal Z Ahmad, PPP leader Nazim Hussain Shah, Dr Amjad Saqib and Dr Hamayum Ahsaan were the prominent philanthropists who announced donations in cash and kind on the occasion. A representative of Red Crescent, Fariduddin Ahmad also pledged to send relief goods to the IDPs.

Speaking on the occasion, Ch Sarwar said that it was social and moral responsibility of all Pakistanis to help their brethren in hour of need. He said Pakosis had donated Rs 8 million for installation of four water filtration plants in FATA as part of rehabilitation of the IDPs.

He also appealed to philanthropists especially the business community to donate generously for the IDPs who were passing through ordeals in their lives.

Stressing the need for national unity, the governor said that nation should stand with Pakistan army which is fighting against the terrorists to make Pakistan a secure place for the countrymen.