Imran`s bat raises Rs 8.5 lakh for Pak flood victims

Last Updated: Mar 07, 2011, 13:25 PM IST

Dubai: Former Pakistan cricket captain Imran Khan`s autographed bat fetched a whopping Rs 8.5 lakh during an auction organised here to raise funds for the flood-affected people of the troubled country.

Pakistan was ravaged by one of the worst floods in more than a century last August which left at least 1,600 people dead besides rendering thousands homeless.

More than USD 1 million (3.67 million dirhams) was collected during the charity event -- Pakistan Appeal -- organised by United Nations International Children`s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) to support the flood victims at city`s Burj Khalifa`s Armani Hotel on Friday.

The event featured speeches from UAE`s minister of higher education and scientific research Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak, former Pakistani prime minister Shaukat Aziz, UN special envoy for assistance to Pakistan Engin Soysal and Imran Khan.

Bin Mubarak also donated USD 27,224.59 (one million dirhams) to the cause.

Over 20 million people in Pakistan were affected by the floods.

"I take this opportunity to urge all of you to provide the hand of help. I thank the UAE for its generosity and my thanks to UNICEF for their help. I would like to announce that so far we have succeeded in collecting 100,000 dirhams for the victims of the floods," Aziz said.

PTI