KARACHI, Pakistan (AA) – A major power outage struck Pakistan on Monday morning, forcing government offices, airlines, hospitals, and business centers across the country to rely on backup generators.
The breakdown which occurred because of a decrease in frequency in the national grid caused widespread power outages in scores of cities and towns across the country, the Energy Ministry said in a statement.
Reports from the capital Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Faisalabad, Peshawar, and other cities suggested that the normal course of life remained affected due to the power breakdown, with several scheduled events postponed or canceled.
Energy Minister Khurram Dastagir told reporters in the morning that the restoration of grid stations in Peshawar and Islamabad had begun, and that power will be restored throughout the country within the next 12 hours. But most cities were still without power even after sunset.