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A large part of Pakistan suffered a major power breakdown on Monday morning after the frequency of the national grid decreased, according to the Ministry of Energy.

The ministry said in a tweet that the system of frequency of the national grid went down at 7:34am today resulting in a widespread breakdown in the system. “System maintenance work is progressing rapidly.”

Major cities of the country, including Islamabad, Karachi, Quetta, Peshawar and Lahore, were reportedly without electricity.

In another tweet, the ministry said power has been restored in major part of Islamabad and Peshawar after work on Warsak power plant started in the morning.

Meanwhile, Energy Minister Khurram Dastgir told a news channel that the breakdown was not “major”.

“In winter, as the demand for electricity reduces nationwide and as an economic measure, we temporarily close down our power generation systems at night.

“However, when the systems were turned on in the morning today, frequency variation and voltage fluctuation was observed in the south of the country […] somewhere between Dadu and Jamshoro,” he explained.

Dastagir said that the restoration of grid stations in Peshawar and Islamabad had begun. “I can assure you that power will be fully restored across the country within the next 12 hours,” he added.

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