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Mass blackout plunges Pakistan into darkness



Islamabad (Associated Press)-The Minister of Energy said that a major technical failure in Pakistan’s power generation and distribution system caused massive power outages and plunged the country into darkness overnight.

A few hours after the power outage on Saturday, Energy Minister Omar Ayub tweeted that starting from Islamabad, power is being restored in phases. He said late Sunday that electricity supply has been restored in most parts of the country.

The power outage was initially reported on social media by residents of major cities such as Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and Multan. The minister and his spokesperson then went to Twitter to update the country.

Ayub urged people to be patient. He said that the cause of the blackout is being investigated, and the main Tabela power station in northwestern Pakistan is being activated, which will lead to the restoration of electricity in other parts of the country in stages.

Ayub said at a press conference on Sunday that the Guddu power plant in southern Sindh had a failure at 1

1:41 pm, triggering the shutdown of other power plants within a few seconds.

Later, Ministry of Energy spokesperson Zafar Yab said that the Tarbela and Warsak power plants in the northwestern part of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have been restored online and are now Restore power to the transmission system.

Yab said it will take some time to restore power in all regions of the country.

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

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