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KARACHI, Pakistan – A major power outage struck Pakistan on Monday morning, forcing government offices, airlines, hospitals and business centers across the country to rely on backup generators.

The breakdown, which, according to initial reports, was because of a decrease in frequency in the national grid, occurred at 7:34 a.m. local time (0334 GMT), causing widespread power outages in scores of cities and towns across the country, the Energy Ministry said in a statement.

Reports from the capital Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Faisalabad, Peshawar and other cities suggested that the normal course of life remained affected due to the power breakdown, with several scheduled events postponed or canceled.

Energy Minister Khurram Dastagir told reporters that the restoration of grid stations in Peshawar and Islamabad has begun, and that power will be restored throughout the country within the next 12 hours.

Major power breakdowns are common in this South Asian nuclear country, primarily because of poor infrastructure and lax maintenance standards. (Anadolu)