Toxic liquor kills 22 in Karachi, while 27 died in 2 days

KARACHI: At least 22 people have died while condition of 30 others is critical after consuming toxic liquor in Karachi.
Dr Semin Jamali, incharge emergency department of Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center JPMC, has confirmed the death of 22 people.
The victims were mainly brought from the slum areas of Landhi and Korangi last night.
According to police, liquor was purchased from dens in Sharafi Goth and Shah Latif.
Police have launched crackdown against homemade wine dens and have arrested two accused from Sharafi Goth.
It may be noted that recently more than two dozen people died in Hyderabad and Tandojam due to the use of poisonous wine.
The Eid holidays proved tragic for a number of families as at least 18 people died due to consumption of toxic liquor in the last 24 hours in Karachi as of Wednesday afternoon.
Eight more patients are undergoing treatment at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Hospital (JPMC) among four more died at evening. Seemi Jamali further told that deceased belonged to Landhi, Korangi, Bilal Colony, Zaman Town and Shah Faisal Town areas of Karachi.
According to police officials, the vendors of the toxic liquor have been arrested during raid in various parts of the city.
Last week, over 20 people died in Hyderabad due to the consumption of toxic liquor. Around 150 sellers and buyers of the hazardous substance were arrested.
Following the deaths, on October 5, the Pakistan Peoples Party-led Sindh government stripped Mukesh Kumar Chawla of the Excise and Taxation portfolio over what the party’s senior leadership termed the minister’s ‘negligence’ in issuing licenses to substandard wine shops in Hyderabad.
“The investigations had established that he [Chawla] started issuing the liquor permits, without even directing the officials under his ministry to visit the shops and carry out regular inspections,” a senior PPP leader and chief minister’s aide told media.