Power cut plunges Pakistan into darkness

A violent protest in Lahore, 2012, over load-shedding. Two protesters were killed at this event.

Pakistan has been plunged into darkness after the breakdown of a key power transmission line in the southern part of the country.

The power failure, one of the worst Pakistanis have experienced, has caused power to be cut in major cities throughout the country including the capital Islamabad.

The blackout began when a 500kV transmission line carrying electricity from the private sector Hubco Power Plant to the grid tripped.

The country’s state minister for water and power apologised for the inconvenience and said work was underway to restore electricity.

“On the Prime Minister’s directive, we are not to sleep till this problem is resolved,” he said in a message on Twitter…

Power shortages and scheduled shut-downs (called “load-shedding”) have been a serious problem in Pakistan for years. The country relies on hydro power and imported fuel. It is exacerbated by a fast-growing population, rampant corruption featuring people (including government agencies) not paying their bills and general all around incompetence.

Google “Pakistan load shedding protest” and there are hundreds of pictures.  

  • Sadly, incompetence and corruption keep countries like Pakistan from entering the twenty-first century.

    • BillyHW

      Twenty-first? I’d settle for twelfth, but first they’d have to enter the eighth.

  • BillyHW

    Why did we give cavemen electricity?

    • Just a thought

      They still hadn’t learned how to rub two sticks together? (which is really odd given how much they love to burn things)

  • Observer

    Pakistan has been in darkness since August of 1947.

  • Worse than the physical darkness is the utter obscurity in their minds. No amount of electricity can overcome their lobotomy.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    A huge part of Pakistan’s problem is that she is over-populated by about 900-1000%.
    Pakistan’s sustainable population is only about 20 million people, and not the 200 million she currently has.

    • Frau Katze

      Nonsense! “Allah will provide”. They’re so stupid they likely think that Allah will fix the electricity problem.

  • ontario john

    I thought they didn’t believe in modern technology anyway. And when they all immigrate here they will feel right at home after Wynne destroys our hydro system.

  • eMan14

    Interesting comparison. % of population in Pakistan (196 million) 24 and under is almost 55%; in Canada (35 million) the % 24 and under is 28%.
    Perhaps one of the reasons our government insists on importing so much people from these regions.
    Drunk by Noon is right though, their economy cannot sustain their current population. Not with all the corruption and violence.

  • Surele Surele

    It made the darkness even darker.