Toxic liquor kills 11 in Pakistan: Police

ISLAMABAD: At least 11 people from a minority Christian community in Pakistan’s central Punjab province died after consuming toxic liquor, police said yesterday.

Three other people who consumed the alcohol at a party on Friday night in Jhelum district, some 126 kilometers east of the capital Islamabad, are in hospital in critical condition, police said. “The dead bodies of 11 victims have been handed over to their relatives after completing the postmortem, the condition of the three others is still critical,” Asif Nawaz, a senior police official in Jhelum told AFP.

Nawaz said most of the victims were young and from same Christian neighborhood. “They drank locally-made poisonous liquor while partying late Friday,” he added. Police are looking to arrest the suspected supplier of the poisoned alcohol, whose brother was reportedly among the dead. The public sale of alcohol is banned in conservative Muslim Pakistan but some people make moonshine at home. —AFP

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