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Pakistan PM Shehbaz apologises to nation for countrywide power outage

World NewsPakistan PM Shehbaz apologises to nation for countrywide power outage

PTI | , Posted by Lingam Gunta Narmatha Rao.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Tuesday apologized to the nation for the pain he caused. Power outages across the country drowned millions of people. In the dark and determined to fix the responsibility for the second major malfunction in about four months.

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Pakistan experienced a major power breakdown on Monday due to voltage fluctuations in the national grid, disrupting normal life and leaving large parts of the country without power, including the capital Islamabad and the financial hub Karachi. .

On Twitter, the prime minister wrote: “On behalf of my government, I would like to express my sincere condolences for the inconvenience caused to our citizens due to the power outage yesterday.”

“On my order, an inquiry is underway to determine the cause of the power outage. Responsibility will be determined,” he tweeted.

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Power supply in Pakistan was mostly restored, although power outages remained in some parts of the country on Tuesday.

Energy Minister Khurram Dastgir said on Tuesday that power has been fully restored at grid stations across the country.

“Power has been restored to all 1,112 National Grid stations,” Dastgir tweeted.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ordered the formation of a high-level three-member committee to investigate the cause of the breakdown.

This is not the first time that the country has faced such a crisis.

In October last year, Pakistan witnessed a 12-hour power outage due to technical glitches in the power distribution system.

Pakistan is facing one of the country’s worst economic crises in recent years amid dwindling foreign exchange reserves. The crisis earlier this month forced the government to order shopping malls and markets to close by 8:30 pm for energy conservation purposes.

The sorry state of the country’s power sector is a symptom of its ailing economy. Power outages are frequent due to a lack of funds to upgrade aging infrastructure.

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