A technical fault has been erupted at the Tarbela power plant early on Wednesday which has caused electricity blackout in many parts of the country especially in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhuwa (KP).

The fault is affecting many cities of Punjab. Lahore, Multan, Bahawalpur along with other cities is facing the blackout. Whereas in KP, several cities including Peshawar, Swat and Lakki Marwat.    

Teams have reached the power plant along with the secretary of the Power Division, with work immediately starting to fix the fault. No timeline has been given as to when the repairs are expected to finish.

Power Minister Awais Leghari said the situation will improve in a few hours and an inquiry report into the breakdown will be completed by evening today. 

A spokesperson of the Atomic Energy Commission said the tripping of lines from the Tarbela plant caused all four Chashma Nuclear Power Plants to trip as well. 

The Power Division spokesperson informed further that the present energy demand of the country is around 20,000 megawatts. 

He added that the breakdown was caused at the Guddu-Muzaffargarh power line.