LAKKI MARWAT  - Local activists of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf on Saturday reiterated that they would ensure their participation in the Azadi long march on Aug 14 at all costs.

They expressed the determination at a meeting held here at Meenakhel Fort in Lakki city. PTI Southern Region Vice President Salman Saleem Marwat presided over the meeting where district general secretary Ahmad Nawaz and office-bearers of district, tehsil and union councils were in the attendance.

The meeting reviewed arrangements to ensure participation of party workers from the district in the long march. It also assigned tasks to the office holders to keep close liaison with party activists and make arrangements for their journey to Lahore.

Salman said that the long march would save the country from fraudulent rulers who stole public mandate in the last year general elections. He said the day of August 14 would prove a real independence day, as it would pave the way for brining real democracy in the country.

He also said that PML-N rigged the last general elections and stole the mandate of PTI to make its way to the corridors of power. He said the nation had watched the real faces of leaders of both major political parties who signed charter of democracy to remain in power turn by turn.

He claimed that the PTI long march would bring an end to the dirty politics and polls rigging and would be helpful to set up a transparent electoral system in the country.

Lakki urban locality complain against water shortage, poor cleanliness : Office-bearers of Islahi Falahi Committee have demanded of the provincial government to take notice of water shortage and poor cleanliness condition in Haqdad Abad locality of Lakki city. At a meeting held here on Saturday, they condemned the local authorities of municipal committee for not taking any step to repair faulty tube-wells. "The tube-wells are out of order for the last two months, causing suspension of water supply to the entire congested urban locality," said Jamil Ahmad Khan.

He said that residents of the locality also held a protest demonstration last month against the scarcity of water but so far the officials paid no heed to resolve the issue. They revealed that low power voltage and poor repairing of tube-well machines caused repeated faults in the machinery.

A committee member Najibullah said that the entire locality has been under the tight grip of acute water shortage for the last two months. He disclosed that despite having no water the employees concerned of municipal committee served bills to the citizens, asking them to pay water charges up to September.

Other speakers included Khalil Ahmad, Abdul Qayyum, Farman, Muhammad Ishfaq, Javed Khan and Shafiullah. They expressed concern over poor hygienic condition and said that despite repeated requests municipality workers did not come to the locality to dispose of garbage dumps and clean sewerage drains. They requested KP Chief Minister Parvez Khattak and Local Government Minister Inayatullah Khan to take notice of the situation and order quarters concerned to launch a special cleanliness drive in Haqdad Abad and also restore water supply by repairing faulty tube-wells.