ZHANG YUNBI

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD - IS­LAM­ABAD JOUR­NAL

Iwas trapped in a lift for the first time in my life dur­ing a black­out in Is­lam­abad, which, even though it is the cap­i­tal of Pak­istan, is not im­mune to the con­tin­u­ing na­tion­wide power short­age.

Thanks to a backup gen­er­a­tor in my ho­tel, the emer­gency tele­phone was work­ing.

“Can you hear me sir? May I help you sir?” the op­er­a­tor asked me in an anx­ious tone. Luck­ily, a few sec­onds later the lift started work­ing again and I fi­nally reached the ground floor.

Sim­i­lar black­outs took place through­out my tour of the coun­try. Dur­ing a visit to the Govern­ment Col­lege Univer­sity in La­hore, the provin­cial cap­i­tal of Pun­jab, the Pak­istani fac­ulty mem­bers ap­peared to be in­dif­fer­ent when the power went off.

“We are to­tally used to the black­outs,” said Is­lam Ul­lah Khan, chair­man of the chem­istry depart­ment at the univer­sity.

He said that a num­ber of so­lar power panels were in­stalled in his prov­ince, and part of them were made in

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