Major Power Failure Hits Multiple Cities in Pakistan

A major power breakdown has hit multiple cities across the country. Sources say that major parts of Punjab including Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Multan, Bahawalpur and more, have been without electricity since roughly 9.20 am. Some parts of KPK have been affected as well.

What Caused the Breakdown?

According to some reports, the power failure has been caused by a breakdown at Tarbela power plant. Repair work has already commenced on the power plant, however, no timeline has been given for completion of repairs.

Work is also undergoing to get the Ghazi-Barotha hydel power plant online in order to combat the energy shortfall.


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Atomic Energy Commission has stated that lines from the Tarbela plant tripped and caused all four Chashma Nuclear Power Plants to trip as well. This in turn contributed to the major power breakdown today.

Additionally, a spokeperson from the Power Division mentioned that the breakdown happened at the Guddu-Muzaffargarh power line, adding to the massive energy shortfall throughout the country.

Affected Areas

Many cities in Punjab are left without power such as Lahore, Multan,  Bahawalpur, Rawalpindi, Islamabad and more.

In KPK, there’s no power in some cities such as Lakki Marwat, Peshawar and Swat.

Power Minister’s Response

Awais Leghari, while speaking in the National Assembly today, said the situation will improve in a few hours. The Power Minister added that a full report will be submitted by evening today regarding the reasons behind the breakdown of power throughout the country.

It should be mentioned that repairs at Tarbela power plant in the past have taken as long as 7-8 hours to complete.

The power breakdown didn’t even spare operations at the New Islamabad International Airport. The offices of airlines, baggage handling, and the Airport Security Force base camp, are currently without power, according to reports.

Update 1:

As of 4:00 pm, the power has not been restored. Due to the extended blackout, small businesses are being affected and people have taken to social media in anger. Despite the assurance of the Power Minister, the situation is yet to resolve.

Industrial load-shedding in Punjab Begins Today:

From today, industries in Punjab will face load-shedding of 10 hours, according to an official from the Power Ministry.

Update 2 (4:00 pm): Power is slowly being restored in some areas. Electricity has been restored in Multan and 80% of Islamabad as per recent reports.

The Ghazi-Barotha hydel power plant has been brought back online, which has helped eased the power crunch in limited areas.

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  • Salahudeen Redwan

    iss terha ka break down kabi India Isrel ya America main kiun nai hota? sary bad management k results hain.

    • Ali

      Newyorrk me breakdown huwa tha.Adha newyork dakatyoo ki lapait me agaya tha.

      • Xahid

        yea, about 20 years ago?

    • Arasheed

      India main hota hai US Canada main hota hai lekin Lootmar Aur Rape ke saath. Newyork main to kei bar hua hai.

      • Talal

        Yeah. People take advantage of darkness.

  • Eli Ehsan

    sub jhoot,… kal sham 7 bje se Larkane main bijli nahi aayi or tarbela ka dam aaj kharab hua hai.!! #PurestaniConspiracy :(

  • billabadmash

    تجربہ کار ٹیم کی محنت ہے یہ سب

    • Seriously I’m not PMLN supporter but your comment is dumb statement. This can happen anywhere, never looked deliberate.

  • Asher Ahmed

    Mis-Management caused such issue repaired with delay of hours and hours. Such issues takes time to resolve when you put incapable person inside.,have to see why it took so long to resolve issue? due to political inducted employees or less skilled employees can’t handle such huge system.

  • “Agar ainda mauka milla to mulk se loadshedding ka khatma kar ke India ko bijli export karen ge.” – Shahbaz Sharif, 2013

    • Hamza

      Hahahhaah

    • Talal

      بل تو دیتے نہیں لوگ. میلاد پر کنڈا، شادی، مرگ پر کنڈا. ویلڈنگ والے کا تو کاروبار ہی کنڈے سے چلتا ہے. اوپر سے لوگ میٹر سلو کروا لیتے ہیں اور چار چار اے سی چلاتے ہیں. اس سب کے بعد جب رکوری کم ہوتی ہے تو خسارہ بڑھ جاتا ہے، قرضے لے کر خسارہ پورا کرتے ہیں تو سرکولر ڈیٹ چڑھ جاتا ہے.
      جو مرضی کرلو جب تک بجلی چورچاہے وہ میلادئیے ہی کیوں نہ ہوں ہاتھ نہ گنوائیں گے چوری نہیں رکے گی نہ لوڈشیڈنگ کا مسئلہ کبھی حل ہوگا.
      پی ٹی آئی کے پادنے سے کچھ نہیں ہوگا کیونکہ خان کے اپنے جلسوں میں کنڈا چلتا ہے.

  • Muhammad Areeb

    rawalpindi mei 11 se 5 30 bijli nai thi

  • Ahtysham Afzal

    Some PMLN pages are saying that few unidentified group of people cause this trouble because they don’t want people to see the opening ceremony of Orange Train. What a lol.