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Massive power outage across country after national grid break down

Power to the capital of Islamabad was restored hours after a major outage plunged Pakistan into darkness Saturday, according to officials.

The breakdown, one of the worst in recent years, was caused by a “technical fault” in the national power distribution system, which subsequently broke down a main supply line, said the Ministry of Water and Power.

The blackout occurred minutes before midnight across the country, with citizens taking to social media to report outages. As outages hit major cities, mobile and internet services were also affected.

The energy minister said the power breakdown occurred when the frequency in the national power distribution system (NTDC) suddenly fell from 50 to zero, adding that the matter was being investigated and attempts were being made to restart the Tarbela Power Station to restore supply.

Meanwhile, the power supply remains suspended in most districts of Balochistan, including Quetta city.

Peshawar Electric Supply Company (Pesco) said electricity has been restored in some parts of Peshawar as 36% of the grid stations have been energized.

In Karachi, K-Electric said in an early morning statement that power has been restored at Federal B Area, Landhi, Malir, North Karachi, some areas along Shahra e Faisal, Valika society, and some parts of Baloch Colony.

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