Almost the entire country of more than 200 million was without power.

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Massive power blackout in Pakistan, several cities plunged into darkness , one of the biggest power failures to afflict the country of more than 200 million.

Major cities of Pakistan are facing a total blackout following a massive power outage caused by fault in main transmission lines.

Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar, Rawalpindi and other cities have been surrounded by darkness due to the electricity failure.

A technical fault in the power distribution system led to the breakdown, officials at the National Power Control Centre

Energy Minister Omar Ayub said in a tweet that the blackout was due to a sudden frequency drop in the national power distribution system.

Sources said the fault occurred in the 500KV main transmission line. It plunged large swathes across Pakistan into darkness.

The supply was expected to be restored in the next couple of hours, the sources added.