'Pak Air Force on red alert': Twitter flooded with jokes and memes after massive blackout in Pakistan

Twitter users flooded the social media with memes and jokes as Pakistan on Saturday faced a massive blackout. A massive power blackout has been reported in Pakistan before midnight on Saturday, which has plunged several cities into darkness, reported Dawn.

Several cities and towns across Pakistan plunged into darkness late on Saturday night following a massive blackout due to a fault in the power distribution system.

Residents of Karachi, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Islamabad, Multan and others faced the blackout as the power outage was reported shortly before midnight almost simultaneously in many cities.

Pakistani Twitter users found relief in humour as they waited for the power to come back.

Let's check out some tweets here:

Power outage in Pakistan due to tripping of distribution lines

Islamabad Deputy Commissioner Hamza Shafqaat said that the National Transmission Despatch Company's lines have tripped, causing outage. "It will take sometime before everything gets back to normal," he added.

Power Minister Omar Ayub Khan said the frequency in the power distribution system suddenly dropped from 50 to zero, causing the blackout. "We are trying to ascertain what caused the drop in frequency, Ayub said.

Initial reports suggest there was a fault in the Guddu power plant in Sindh province at 11.41 pm, the Energy Ministry tweeted.

The fault tripped the high transmission lines and this resulted in the system frequency to drop from 50 to zero in less than a second, causing power plants to shut down, according to the ministry.

It added that Khan was overseeing the restoration work at the National Power Control Center.

The minister appealed to people to maintain restraint and said power restoration was being carried out with caution and teams were on the ground.

Later, Khan posted a series of tweets regarding restoration of power in several grids.

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