New Delhi: In the latest meeting of the SAARC countries, Prime Minister Narendra Modi proposed the setting up of an emergency fund under South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation to be utilised for fighting against the novel coronavirus. India contributed $10 million. All other SAARC countries have also made their contributions, excluding Pakistan. Why? Because Pakistan wants some clarifications, reported Dawn. Pakistan wants the fund to be administered by the bloc’s secretary-general. Currently, the post is being held by Pakistan’s diplomat Amjad Hussain B Sial. The country is apprehending misuse of the fund. “It is, moreover, feared that despite the announcement of commitments by most member countries, the pledges are unlikely to materialise as long as details of the fund are not finalised,” a report in the Dawn said. Also Read - This Day That Year: Imran Khan-Led Pakistan Taste World Cup Glory Down Under

So far, Afghanistan has contributed $1 million, Bangladesh $1.5 million, Bhutan $100,000, the Maldives $200,000, Nepal $1 million, Sri Lanka $5 million to the fund. Also Read - Pakistan Suspends All Domestic Flights as Coronavirus Cases Jump Over 1,000



Contributions by Member Countries (As on date 23-03-2020)

Sr. No.CountryContribution
1AfghanistanUSD 1,000,000
2BangladeshUSD 1,500,000
3BhutanUSD 100,000
4IndiaUSD 10,000,000
5MaldivesUSD 200,000
6NepalNPR 100,000,000 (USD 831,393.45)
7Sri LankaUSD 5,000,000

Pakistan was the only country not represented by its head in the meeting. Also, it raised the issue of Jammu and Kashmir while the meeting was only for discussing the threats of the novel coronavirus. Also Read - Pakistan Suspends Six Civil Servants For Taking Selfie With Coronavirus-Infected Colleague