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Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Tuesday apologized to the nation after the country plunged into darkness for 24 hours due to a breakdown in power transmission. Monday’s blackout left the nation of 220 million people in the dark.

Factory production stopped and hospitals ran on emergency generators.

Some rail operations came to a standstill.

The electricity supply was restored on Tuesday morning, Energy Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan said.

But the country was still facing power cuts because nuclear and coal-fired generation plants still needed to be reactivated.

“On behalf of my government, I would like to express my sincere regrets for the inconvenience our citizens suffered due to power outages yesterday,” Sharif tweeted.

“On my orders an inquiry is under way to determine the reasons for the power failure,” he added, vowing to punish those responsible for the disaster.

The energy minister said investigators would look into whether the power supply system was attacked by hackers but said he didn’t think a problem with cybersecurity was at fault.

Pakistan is facing an energy crisis due to lack of funds to overhaul an outdated power system, Deputy Energy Minister Musadik Masood Malik said.

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