At least 11 people from a minority Christian community in Pakistan’s central Punjab province died after drinking toxic liquor, police said Saturday.
Three other people who consumed the alcohol at a party on Friday night in Jhelum district, some 126 km (78 miles) east of 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,” said Asif Nawaz, a senior police official in Jhelum.
Nawaz said most of the victims were young and from same Christian neighbourhood.
“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 Pakistan but some people make moonshine at home.