West News Wire: This morning’s power outage in Pakistan’s major cities and many rural areas is the result of a national grid system malfunction. According to Energy Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan, power will be entirely restored in 12 hours.
Islamabad, the nation’s capital, as well as Karachi, Lahore, Quetta, and Peshawar are among the impacted regions. The media reports that the outages have affected the majority of the 231 million inhabitants.
According to Dastgir Khan, in order to reduce fuel expenses, power units were first momentarily turned off at night. But a “frequency fluctuation” was noted in the southern region of the country when they were turned on at 7:30am local time.
“There was a fluctuation in voltage and power generating units were shut down one by one due to cascading impact. This is not a major crisis,” Dastgir Khan stated.
According to the Energy Ministry, power has since been partially restored in Islamabad and Peshawar.
A similar outage occurred in October, when Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Quetta, Multan, and Faisalabad were left without power. Electricity was fully restored in 12 hours.