A massive power breakdown has plunged the entire country into darkness. The outage was reported shortly before midnight on Saturday almost simultaneously in many cities.
The blackout was reported on social media by residents of major urban centres such as Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and Multan, as well as other towns and cities across the country.
According to Federal Energy Minister Omar Ayub, the blackout was caused after the frequency in the national power distribution system suddenly fell from 50 to zero.
He said the reason for the frequency dropping was being investigated, adding that attempts were being made to fire up the Tarbela power station which will lead to a sequential restoration of power supply.
“People are urged to remain patient,” the minister wrote.
Ayub said all technical teams had reached their respective stations, adding that he was personally supervising the restoration work as the federal power minister.
He said citizens would be kept updated on the restoration efforts periodically.
Federal Information Minister Shibli Faraz also said that the breakdown had been caused by a “technical fault” in the NTDC system. “System is being restored,” he tweeted.
Islamabad Deputy Commissioner Hamza Shafqaat also said the blackout was caused by the National Transmission & Despatch Company (NTDC) system tripping.
“It will take sometime before everything gets back to normal,” he wrote.
Meanwhile, special assistant to the prime minister Shahbaz Gill said the energy minister, Ayub, and his entire team were working on the issue. He said citizens would be updated on the situation soon.
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