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MANSEHRA, Nov 27: Provincial Minister for Haj and Auqaf Nimroz Khan on Tuesday said time was not far when Torghar would be fully developed district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

“People of Torghar remained deprived of basic civic amenities when their area was part of the Mansehra district and they had to travel to other parts of Hazara for meeting needs, but now the health, education and other infrastructure is being set up in the new district which would bring a major change in the life of people,” said Mr Khan while speaking at a public gathering in Nusratkhail, after inaugurating a road project in the area. The project will cost Rs70 million.

“The work on long-awaited Thakot-Darband road has been completed recently with a cost of Rs1 billion and credit for it went to Chief Minister Ameer Haider Hoti, who had sanctioned Rs5 billion developmental package for the area,” said Mr Nimroz Khan.

He said Awami National Party was working sincerely for the uplift of the people of the areas which were neglected by the successive governments and Torghar was one of them.

He said people of Torghar had rendered great sacrifices and never allowed outsiders to use their soil for creating law and order situation for the people in Hazara.

He said work on hospitals, schools and other infrastructure was in progress in all the three tehsils and on completion of these projects people would enjoy their benefits.

The minister said the provincial government had been giving importance to female education in Torghar and had announced a financial package for them.

“The government has launched a welfare scheme only in two districts, Kohistan and Torghar, to attract more and more girls students to schools and pay them a handsome monthly financial assistance,” said Mr Khan.