ISLAMABAD(NNI): Rural areas across Pakistan faced 12 hours of power outages and urban areas witnessed 6 to 8 hours of loadshedding as shortfall exceeded 3500 megawatts on Monday. Currently, electricity demand is 10,000MW whereas generation is 6500mw, a private television channel reported. Hydel power plants are generating 1000MW, thermal 1500MW while IPPs are producing 400MW electricity . The power shortages have sparked protests and crippled key industries, costing hundreds of thousands of jobs in a country.
 already beset by high unemployment and widespread poverty. There are several joint energy and infrastructure projects under way to end loadshedding.