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