District and town chairmen of Balochistan addressing a press conference in Quetta. – Photo by Shah Muhammad Dotani

QUETTA, 18 October: The district and town chairmen in Balochistan have announced to lock their offices from today (Tuesday) to record their protest over not getting powers.

Decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of district and town chairmen headed by Quetta district chairman on Monday evening.

The local government representatives while talking to media said they have not been given any powers by the provincial government two years after introduction of the local bodies system. They announced to lock down all their district offices from today. They said they will take further steps to record their protest if their demands were not fulfilled by 7 November.

“It is our first step to record our protest. We will widen our protest if our demands were not fulfilled,” district chairman Muhammad Khan Rind told TNN.

The local bodies elections in Balochistan were held on 7 December, 2013. The elected representatives in these polls claim that they did not get the powers promised under the system due to which they are facing difficulties in resolving problems of the people.