17 Hindus die in Pakistan of alcohol poisoning
A Pakistani police officer says at least 17 Hindus have died after consuming illegally-made alcohol during religious celebrations in southern Pakistan.
Niaz Shah said Tuesday that 37 people from the Hindu community in Tando Muhammad Khan district were rushed to hospital on Monday. He says they consumed the hooch during preparations for Holi celebrations, which will begin Wednesday. Shah says 11 people have since been discharged, but nine remain in a critical condition in hospital.
With the exception of a few licensed shops permitted to sell alcohol to non-Muslims, it is against the law to drink or sell alcoholic drinks in Pakistan.