This is the most widespread power outage in the country since 2015.
In Karachi, witnesses said they saw long queues at gas stations as people rushed to buy gasoline for their home generators, which worked at night.
“There are long queues in front of petrol stations in the city, cars line up while people buy fuel for their spare generators. I was in line, people waited for hours with petrol cans in hand,”
Efforts are currently being made to restore power in various parts of the country. Large parts of Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city, still lack power, according to information shared by K-Electric, the city’s electricity company.
At 6:44 locally on Sunday, Energy Minister Omar Ayub Khan tweeted that power had been restored in most parts of the capital, Islamabad.
Abdullah Khan, a spokesman for PIA, Pakistan’s main airline, said all flight operations remained operational despite the power outage.
“All major airports in the country have backup generators,” he said.
Power outages are not uncommon in Pakistan, and most large hospitals, airports and other institutions have their own generators. Those who can often afford to keep gasoline generators in their homes in the event of a power outage.
Reuters also contributed to this story.