Power breakdown reported across Pakistan

After the national grid’s frequency dropped on Monday morning, a power outage was reported throughout Pakistan, according to the Ministry of Energy.

The ministry said that the system of frequency of the national grid went down at 7:34am today resulting in a widespread breakdown in the system. “System maintenance work is progressing rapidly,” it tweeted.

Logicalbaat reported that large swathes of the country, including Islamabad, Karachi, Quetta, Peshawar and Lahore, were deprived of electricity.

In an interview with Geo News, Energy Minister Khurram Dastgir said that the breakdown was not “major”.

“During the winter, we temporarily shut down our power generation systems at night due to the decreased demand for electricity across the country and as a cost-saving measure.

Nevertheless, he added, “when the systems were turned on this morning, frequency variation and voltage fluctuation was seen in the south of the country […] somewhere between Dadu and Jamshoro.”

Dastagir continued by saying that work had started to restore the grid stations in Peshawar and Islamabad. 

I can guarantee you that power will be fully restored across the nation in the following 12 hours, he continued.

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