11 die after consuming toxic liquor in Jhelum

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Px15-014 QUETTA: Oct15 - Workers of Anti Narcotics Force destroying the drugs and liquor during a ceremony organized by Anti Narcotics Force. ONLINE PHOTO by Ahmad Kakar

At least 11 people from Christian community died in Faisalabad after consuming toxic liquor, police said on Saturday.

Three other people who consumed the alcohol at a party on Friday night in Jhelum are in hospital in critical condition.

“The bodies of 11 victims have been handed over to their relatives after completing the post-mortem, and the condition of three others is still critical,” said Asif Nawaz, a senior police official in Jhelum.

Nawaz said most of the victims were young and belonged to teh 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 and consumption of alcohol is banned to Muslims in Pakistan but minorities are allowed to purchase and consume liquor and some people make it at home.