Much of Pakistan loses power in massive blackout

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ISLAMABAD – Most of Pakistan, including the capital and many of its major cities, lost power on Sunday morning in one of the biggest power cuts to afflict the country of more than 200 million people.

The cause was not immediately clear. Initial reports said the blackout was blamed on a power plant in southern Sindh province which ultimately affected the entire transportation system. Officials said emergency efforts were being made to restore power, but it was not immediately clear when that would be.

The blackout affected the capital, Islamabad, as well as major cities such as Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar and Quetta. Power was restored to parts of the capital early on Sunday.

The country has had chronic problems with its transmission system and major power outages have been frequent.

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