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Power supply was restored or partially on Sunday in many cities in Pakistan, including the national capital Islamabad, hours after several towns in the country plunged into darkness following a huge blackout due to a fault in the power distribution system. The power outage was reported shortly before midnight almost simultaneously in many cities. Residents of Karachi, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Islamabad, Multan, and others faced the blackout.

Pakistan Energy Minister Omar Ayub Khan said that technical teams were working to fully restore the power supply.

He said that electricity supply was restored fully or partially in many cities; like Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Multan, Karachi, and Faisalabad, but it would take some time; before the restoration of normal supply.

The latest blackout was caused by a fault in southern Pakistan at 11:41 pm local time on Saturday, power minister Omar Ayub Khan tweeted, citing preliminary reports. Khan said, “The fault tripped the transmission system of the country leading to the shutdown of power plants.”

He later on Sunday tweeted that power was being restored in phases, starting with Islamabad. He added by saying that power had been restored to much of the country and that teams were still working on restoring supply completely.

The blackout hit all of Pakistan’s major cities, including the capital Islamabad, economic hub Karachi and the second-largest city Lahore.

Netblocks, which monitors internet outages, said internet connectivity in the country “collapsed” as a result of the outage. Connectivity was at “62% of ordinary levels,” it said in a tweet.

In 2015 an apparent rebel attack on a key power line plunged around d80% of Pakistan into darkness.

That blackout one of the worst in Pakistan’s history, caused electricity to be cut in major cities nationwide, including the capital Islamabad, and even affected one of the country’s international airports. Soon after the breakdown, the term #blackout became a top trend on Twitter with over 52,800 tweets till 2:18 am.

 

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