Major power breakdown plunges cities into darkness

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Staff Reporter

Islamabad

A massive power outage on Saturday night was reported from several cities across Pakistan. The cities facing disruption includeed Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, and Rawalpindi.
Within Karachi, outages were reported from Korangi, Defence, Garden, Clifton, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, MA Jinnah Road, II Chundrigar Road, Liaquatabad, and FB Area.
Even the Jinnah International Airport remained without power.
A few minutes into the breakdown, Islamabad Deputy Commissioner Hamza Shafqaat said that the National Transmission Despatch Company’s lines have tripped, causing outage. “It will take sometime before everything gets back to normal,” he added.
The prime minister’s aide on political communication Shahbaz Gill said that he has spoken to Minister for Power Omar Ayub and “his entire team is working to resolve the issue”. Karachi’s 60 per cent area was without electricity as the K-Eclectic system collapsed after the Jamshoro transmission line tripped.