January 9, 2021
Pakistan has been hit by what appears to be a nationwide blackout, leaving up to 200 million people without power, officials and witnesses say. Power has since been restored in some parts of the country.
The incident began at 11:45 p.m. on Saturday when power failures were reported in all major cities, including Karachi, Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar, and Rawalpindi. It appeared to be nationwide.
Senator Faisal Javed Khan said the blackout was “countrywide” and caused by a sudden frequency drop in the power transmission system. “We are told that the technical fault will be restored shortly, Insha’Allah,” he said.