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Monday, July 29, 2013

21 people killed in Pakistan after drinking adulterated alcohol at a party

At least 21 people have died and another 24 are in hospital afterdrinking illegally produced in the city of Faisalabad in Pakistan's eastern province of Punjab, police sources said. Most of the victims took alcoholic drinks on Thursday, during a private party organized by a group of friends to celebrate the birth of a child , the source explained to the newspaper Express Tribune. Police have so far arrested four suspected adulterated alcohol distributors, according to an official source quoted by the private channel Geo TV. The first deaths were recorded on the night of Thursday. According to local press, many of the dead and injured are residents Warispura a Christian neighborhood of Faisalabad, although the list of victims provided by the authorities l Most of the names are Muslim and only a few seem to be Christians. Such tragedies occur from time to time in Pakistan, officially an Islamic republic where the law only allowed to buy and drink alcohol to non-Muslims , who make up just over 3% of the population. However, there are many Muslims who drank alcohol in the private sphere.

Clandestine distilleries

The wealthy get access to them through the black market or contacts with foreign citizens, while those with fewer resources are usually supplied in clandestine distilleries questionable reliability. Although drinking alcohol can legally confessional minorities like Christians suffer severe discrimination, hence often kept in the official many a Muslim name that saves other problems.

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