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‘It is a nation, not a cell phone’: Ahsan Iqbal rebukes PM for ‘attempting to reboot nation with energy shutdown’

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PML-N secretary-general Ahsan Iqbal, whereas dispensing heavy criticism on the federal government over the foremost energy failure that occurred throughout Pakistan the evening prior, stated Prime Minister Imran Khan “attempted to reboot the country”.

“The country’s economy is in the doldrums. We have mounting deficits. Imran Khan thought: ‘Why don’t we reboot the country like a mobile phone? Maybe it’ll work’,” Iqbal stated, mockingly.

“He tried to shut down the entire power system and restart it.

“Imran sahab, it is a nation, not a cell phone which is able to start working after rebooting it. For God’s sake don’t play with the nation like this. Hand in your resignation and go residence,” the PML-N leader said.

Iqbal said that this unprecedented shutdown “proves that this authorities is incompetent and unqualified”.

Cities plunge into darkness

A massive power outage was reported late Saturday night from several cities across Pakistan.

The cities facing disruption included Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Multan, Quetta, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Muzaffargarh, Narowal, Bhakkar, Kabirwala, Khanewal, Bahawalpur and Sukkur.

The breakdown extended as far as Azad Kashmir. Furthermore, according to Geo News‘ Nadeem Kausar, 29 districts of Balochistan were without power.

Mobile and internet services were also affected due to the breakdown and continued to remain disrupted the next day.

Read more about what happened: Massive power outage in Pakistan as several cities plunge into darkness

‘Power will be restored within the next few hours’

Addressing a press conference alongside Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Shibli Faraz today morning, Minister for Power Omar Ayub said a technical fault was reported at the Guddu power plant at 11:41pm last night when the frequency fell from 50 to zero in seconds.

“We energised Tarbela power plant twice, which initiated the restoration process,” he stated, including that electrical energy has been restored in Islamabad, Faisalabad, Jhang and Multan, whereas Okay-Electrical has been offered 400MVA.

Omar Ayub stated groups are going through difficulties because of heavy fog and the precise purpose behind the technical fault will likely be recognized as soon as the fog lifts.

“The reason for the breakdown has not been ascertained yet. The technical fault occurred in a particular area,” he stated.

He stated energy will likely be restored throughout the nation inside the subsequent few hours.

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