Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif did not get a security clearance to visit the earthquake affected and insurgency-torn area of Awaran in Balochistan, well-informed sources in Balochistan government said on condition of not being named.
Premier Sharif was extremely keen to pump massive aid and personally go to Awaran to help with the relief efforts, but much to the chagrin of the provincial government, he did not get a security clearance.
"Chief minister Dr. Malik Baloch visited the area by himself and reviewed the progress of works," Jan Buledi, a former provincial assembly member and main spokesperson for the provincial government confirmed by phone Friday..
The security establishment in Islamabad also vetoed public appeals by Balochistan chief minister Dr. Malik Baloch to international and U.N. agencies to come to the rescue of the hapless people of Awaran. He also made a formal written request to Islamabad.
In stead of supporting Dr. Malik Baloch position, some hotheaded columnists have turned their guns at him, calling him docile and spineless.
Pakistan's Frontier Corps, Military Intelligence and Inter Services Intelligence have been running a parallel government in Balochistan for many years now, allowing little say to the civilians as part of their strategic depth policy in Afghanistan.
Almost all foreign media have long been barred from Balochistan.
The September 24 earthquake, that measured 7.7 on the Richter scale left round 400 dead, and upwards of 1000 injured. Nearly 200 schools and more than 25,000 houses were affected. The number of qauke hit families stood at 32,000 in Awaran district and 5,000 in Kech district.
Baloch militant organizations had also called for international help for the quake victims.
Generally, for the past several years, the militants have been blocking all kinds of development, like building of roads, hospitals, schools and telecommunication lines, and gunning down poor Pashtun and Punjabi workers in the areas under their influence.