Minister suspects ‘foreign hand’ as power supply fully restored

Federal Energy Minister Khurram Dastgir claimed that power has been fully restored across the country 22 hours after the national grid collapsed.

Khurram Dastgir, addressing a press conference in Islamabad on Tuesday morning, said the government would also look into whether foreign hands were involved in the nationwide blackout.

However, the energy minister said there would be limited load shedding in the country over the next two days.

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He said there is sufficient fuel to run the thermal power plants. He was of the opinion that there were regular dumping of cargoes in the country. Dastgir said the powertrain remained safe during the outage. He said the last government did not invest in the electricity system.

The minister said that Karachi needed 1100 MW of electricity which would be supplied soon. Power will be restored in Karachi soon. Nuclear plants took two to three days, while coal-fired plants took 48 hours to start up.

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He said that piracy over the Internet should be investigated, however, there was little chance of foreign interference over the Internet. Dastgir said that only Lahore Matiari Line had a protection system.

He also told reporters that it was a technical issue that caused the breakdown.