This was claimed by District President of ANP Usman Khattak while talking to media persons. He said that for the lone national assembly seat Additional Advocate General Ahmad Farooq, Provincial Joint Secretary Khursheed Khattak and Sharif Khattak have submitted their applications. He added that for PK-40 Khursheed Khattak and for PK-41 former provincial finance minister Nawabzada Mohsin Ali Khan and Mansoor Khattak submitted their applications for the tickets.
Khattak informed that the parliamentary board of ANP has extended the date of applications till March 5 and claimed that very important political figures were in contacts to join the party after quitting the former provincial minister Mian Nisar Gul Kakakhel and expressed optimism that they would soon get very potential substitute of the former minister.
He added that the grand Jirga of Tehsil Banda Daud Shah could also play very affective role in the forthcoming election and added that it was now up to its organizers to take advantage of the sentiments of the people of the Tehsil.
The district president said that so far seat adjustment of ANP with any political party has not been decided on district level and added that it would be decided on time according to the circumstances.
Meanwhile the former provincial minister Mian Nisar Gul convened his supporters’ convention on March 3 at Karak andhe would announce his future line of action in the convention.
ANP candidates from Lakki
Our staff reporter from Lakki Marwat adds: Several local leaders of Awami National Party submitted applications with the provincial leadership for award of party tickets to contest election on one national and three provincial assembly seats in the district, sources said on Wednesday.
They said that the ANP is all set to take part in the upcoming elections on the basis of its five-year performance. “The provincial government carried out small and mega uplift schemes worth over two billion rupees in the district during the last five years,” claimed a local ANP leader Mamraiz Khan.
Some of these developmental projects, he said, include establishment of Bacha Khan vocational Institute at Naurang town, widening of Naurang-Gandi portion of Bannu-DI Khan road, provision of huge funds for construction of Abdul Wali Khan Bridge on river Gambila near Kot Kashmir and new building of government city hospital.
According to the sources, ANP District President Advocate Sadruddin and another local leader Sahibzada Ibne Yameen have requested for award of tickets for provincial assembly constituency PK-74 (Lakki-I). A network of uplift schemes carried out by ANP-led government in Naurang town and its adjacent localities increased popularity of Sadruddin and his spouse MPA Yasmeen Zia.
Two local leaders including Ibrahim Khan of Abdulkhel and District Information Secretary Daulat Khan desire to contest elections for PK-75 (Lakki-II).
Similarly, ANP’s District Vice President Humayun Marwat and Inamullah are hoping for the party ticket to contest election for PK-76(Lakki-III).
Another stalwart of ANP, Malik Ali Sarver, has sought ticket from the leadership to fight for the sole national assembly constituency (NA-27). ANP District Information Secretary Daulat Khan, when contacted, told this scribe that applications for seeking party tickets had been submitted with secretary of parliamentary board Arbab Tahir.
He said that ANP would not let the field open for traditional politicians or aspirants of other political parties. “The threats of militancy cannot keep us away from contesting elections”, he maintained.