Imran Khan led Pakistan is the only member nation of the South Asian Association for regional Cooperation (SAARC) which has made nil contribution to the SAARC COVID-19 Emergency Fund.
This fund has been proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to help the member nations contain the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and set an example to the world doing the same, reports Hindustan Times.
The fund now stands at a size of $18.8 million with all other member nations of the SAARC grouping having pledged funds to develop a coordinated response to contain the pandemic. This includes the $10 million contribution from India.
Apart from India's contribution, $1 million have been contributed by Afghanistan, $1.5 million by Bangladesh, $1,00,000 by Bhutan, $2,00,000 by Maldives, $1 Million by Nepal and $5 million by Sri Lanka.
Hailing the contributions made by different nations of the grouping, the Union Ministry for External Affairs led by Dr S Jaishankar said in a statement, "It truly reflects the deeply shared sense of determination in the participating countries to act together."
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