In Pakistan Toxic liquor: Death toll rises to 26

The dead, 24 Christians and two Muslims, consumed the homemade liquor in the city of Toba Tek Singh.

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At least 26 people have died and several have been left seriously ill after drinking toxic alcohol over Christmas in Punjab in Pakistan.

The dead, 24 Christians and two Muslims, consumed the homemade liquor in the city of Toba Tek Singh, BBC reports.

 

This happens to be the latest case of deadly alcohol poisoning in Pakistan after 11 died in October, also in Punjab province.

Police officer Mohammad Nadeem told BBC that 40 people had been admitted to hospitals in Toba Tek Singh and Faisalabad for treatment.

"The men who belong to the Christian community drank liquor on the night of 25 December and went home. Tragedy struck the next morning when many did not rise from their beds, while others got sick," he said.

According to him, two local Muslim men had been asked to buy alcohol for the party.

"The local sellers were out of stock so they went and bought it from somewhere else. Both have died."

play Relatives mourning the dead (BBC)

 

Police are currently questioning a number of locals to find out where the alcohol was made and sold.

Muslims are forbidden from buying or drinking alcohol in Pakistan and minorities need a permit to buy liquor.

Reports say since alcohol sales tightly regulated, many people illegally brew alcohol at home, which often contains poisonous methanol.

There have often been cases of mass poisonings in the past.

In 2014 some 40 people died within a few days after drinking tainted alcohol in Sindh.

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