Balochistan chief minister Dr. Malik Baloch has said the issue of no objection certificates to international and U.N. aid agencies will be resolved within a day.
"The chief secretary is sorting out the matter and I will have news within the next 24 hours," Dr. Malik Baloch, who was working on a weekend in Quetta said by phone Saturday.
In the backdrop of political sensitivities in Balochistan because of an ongoing low-level insurgency, the federal government's National Disaster Management Agency was wary of granting permission to foreign aid agencies in the resource-rich but impoverished region.
However, Jan Buledi, spokesperson for the chief minister said small items were not needed at this time, rather the Balochistan government was looking for major reconstruction projects. "What we need is rebuilding of schools, roads, water supply lines and thousands of damaged houses," Buledi said.
According to an official count released by the Balochistan Disaster Management Project, 376 people died in Awaran and 46 people died in Kech. Another 584 were injured in Awaran and 240 in Kech.
A dossier compiled by the provincial government showed 32,000 families were affected in Awaran district and 5,000 families were affected in Kech.
Nearly 200 government buildings, including 172 schools were damaged in the devastating earthquake that measured 7.7 on the Richter scale.
Local Balochistan NGOs that have been active in the earthquake area include the SPO, HANDS, NRSP, PRF, PRCS National Society and Helping Hand.
Balochistan is Pakistan's largest southwestern province, bordering Iran and Afghanistan.