For several years, the cities and villages of Pakistan have suffered from power outages lasting several hours a day. A nationwide blackout in January plunged the country of 230 million people into darkness. But the problem is not energy supply.
This January, much of Pakistan’s population of about 230 million people was plunged into darkness, causing widespread disruption to people and industries for nearly 24 hours.
“If you go to our government hospitals – which don’t have backup facilities – or field hospitals or small nursing homes, they have had to stop all their services,” said Dr Shayan Ansari, a surgeon at a private hospital. The capital of Pakistan is Islamabad.
The same thing happened in October of last year. In addition, small lights are turned off in cities and villages every day for several hours.
But the problem is not energy supply.
Ishrat Hussain, who was an adviser to former Prime Minister Imran Khan, said: “We have no problem in supplying energy to Pakistan.” “Both outages were due to fluctuations in transmission lines that have not been updated for some time.”
In 2020, about 20 percent of Pakistan’s energy was lost during transmission, distribution and delivery.
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