LAHORE – Major cities of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Balochistan and Sindh including Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad have witnessed black out due to a technical fault in the National Grid.
According to State Minister for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali, terrorists blew up a transmission tower at Naseerabad district of Balochistan due to which the power breakdown took place.
Uch-Sibi-Quetta power line was severely affected whereas the power system failed due to overloading of grid stations and other transmission lines. The overloading led to the suspension of power to the country.
The cities that were affected include Karachi, Islamabad and Peshawar.
The state minister added that maintenance work is under way and the situation is being monitored to ensure the restoration of electricity to all parts of Pakistan.
K-Electric has stated that the supply to 80 per cent of Karachi has been restored.
According to the details, several districts of Punjab including Gujranwala, Lahore and Rawalpindi have blacked out after the electricity supply was cut off due to a technical fault. The electricity supply of different districts of Balochistan, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) has also been cut off.
Moreover, the police and the Rangers in Karachi have been high alerted after the power break-down. Karachi Electric spokesperson Usama Qureshi has said that only the National Grid could identify the problem. He said that the National Grid could also brief regarding the time required to resume the supply. Qureshi also said that entire Sindh is facing a crackdown.
Furthermore, the electricity line of at least 220kv from Guddu to Quetta has been tripped.
Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif has taken notice of the countrywide electricity break down. He has directed the authorities to fix the technical problem and resume the power supply on emergency basis. However, the electricity supply of Hyderabad, Jamshoro and Dadu has been resumed.
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