Toxic Liquor in Pakistan Kills 10, Common Problem

By Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac is an editor and reporter who has worked on a variety of topics over the course of her ten years with The Epoch Times, including science, the environment, and local New York news. She is currently working with The Epoch Times edition based in Southern California.
August 11, 2013 Updated: August 11, 2013

Toxic liquor killed 10 people and made five others ill in the port city of Karachi, Pakistan, on Saturday night, reports Pakistani publication the Express Tribune

Police have arrested two suspects. Illegal and amateur brewers often step in to meet the demand for alcohol in the Muslim-dominated region. Only non-Muslims are allowed to buy and sell alcohol.

The two suspects and all victims were Christian, said police officer Mohammad Sarwar.

Police are searching the area for other illegal suppliers, according to the Tribune. On August 7, four liquor stores in Karachi were targeted by bomb blasts and have remained closed ever since. This has led to increased sales on the black market, according to the Tribune.

At the end of July, 18 people died in Faisalabad, Pakistan from drinking toxic home-brewed alcohol. The BBC noted in an article at that time that many legal liquor stores close during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan (July 8–Aug. 7).

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac is an editor and reporter who has worked on a variety of topics over the course of her ten years with The Epoch Times, including science, the environment, and local New York news. She is currently working with The Epoch Times edition based in Southern California.