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Power outages: government probes potential hack

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Power Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan announced on Tuesday that the government is worried about the consecutive failures of the national power grid and will investigate whether the system was potentially “breached” by external forces.

While speaking at a press conference, 24 hours after the country was plunged into darkness due to a “frequency” fault in the transmission system, the minister said that the “likelihood of foreign intervention through the internet is low,” however, the matter will be looked into as there have been multiple incidents recently.

The federal minister said that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has formed a three-member inquiry committee which will be headed by Minister of State for Petroleum Musadik Malik.

Dastgir further said that there will be a deficit of electricity and the citizens will face power outages in the next 48 hours. He added that the system will be completely restored by Thursday.

He said that National Transmission and Despatch Company’s (NTDC) 1,112 grid stations across Pakistan have been restored.

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