Minister: Massive power outages are leaving Pakistan in the dark

Pakistan’s Energy Minister said a major technical flaw in the country’s power generation and distribution system caused massive power outages that plunged the country into darkness overnight.

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s Energy Minister said a major technical defect in Pakistan’s power generation and distribution system caused a major power outage that plunged the country into darkness overnight.

Power outages were initially reported on social media by residents of major urban centers, including Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and Multan. Then the minister and his spokesman took to Twitter to update the state on the latest developments.

Job urged people to be patient. He said that the cause of the blackout is being investigated, and work is underway to ignite Pakistan’s main Tarbella power station in the northwest, which will lead to restoration of electricity in the rest of the country in stages.

Ayoub said in a press conference on Sunday that a malfunction in the Judo Power Station in the southern province of Sindh occurred at 11:41 pm, which led to the closure of other power stations in seconds.

Later, Zafar Yap, a spokesperson for the Energy Ministry, said that the Tarbela and Warsak plants, both in northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, had returned to work, and electricity had been restored to the transmission system.

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It will take time to restore electricity to all parts of the country, Yap said.

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Associated Press writer Asim Tanweer in Multan, Pakistan contributed to this report.

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