LAKKI MARWAT The ANP-led government has given top priority to the uplift of backward and most neglected districts including Lakki Marwat and launched small and mega developmental works in these areas during the last over three years, claimed ANPs district chief advocate Sadruddin here on Monday. Speaking at separate public gatherings in Mammakhel and Samtian localities near Naurang, he said that the local politicians have always deceived the people as they were not sincere to put the district on track to progress. The traditional political elite who always remained in power corridors are responsible for the backwardness of the district, he maintained, saying that the residents of the district are now politically mature and they cannot be deceived anymore. Sadruddin said that Chief Minister Ameer Haider Khan Hoti in his recent visit to the district had announced a huge developmental package of Rs one billion for the uplift of the district. Under the package, he said that besides constructing a bridge over Gambila River near Kot Kashmir and setting up a Cadet College a number of uplift schemes in drinking water communication, education and power sectors would be launched. Several notables of the area announced to join Awami National Party and pledged that they and their supporters would make all-out efforts to strengthen the roots of ANP in the district. District senior vice president Mamraiz Khan, tehsil Naurang chapter President Malik Ali Server Khan and other local leaders also spoke on the occasion. Meanwhile, office-bearers of ANP US Tajori were elected in a meeting. ANPs member provincial council Ajmal Khan presided over the meeting which was attended by a large number of party workers. The meeting unanimously elected Masood Khan and Sardar Hussain as president and general secretary of ANP US Tajori chapter respectively. Other newly elected office holders included Taj Ali Khan and Mumtaz Shah as vice presidents, Feroze Khan as joint secretary, Hafiz Arifullah as deputy general secretary and Haji Hayat Khan as finance secretary. Through a unanimously adopted resolution the participants of the meeting reposed confidence in central president Asfand Yar Wali Khan, provincial president Afrasayab Khan Khattak, provincial joint secretary MPA Yasmeen Zia and district president advocate Sadruddin. Ajmal said on the occasion that problems being faced by the party activists would be brought into the notice of provincial and central leadership with the request to resolve them on priority basis. He called upon the government to direct quarters concerned of Irrigation Department for ensuring flow of water in Marwat Canal up to the tail end. The availability of water in the canal will boost agriculture and enable the growers to get more yield, he maintained. He underlined the need for launching soil conservation projects in the area to rehabilitate the eroded land and protect the lad from further erosion.