A three-member investigative committee was formed on Saturday (Feb 23) to probe the deaths of five children identified as one-and-a-half-year-old Abdul Ali, four-year-old Aziz Faisal, six-year-old Aliya, seven-year-old Toheed and nine-year-old Salwa as well as paternal aunt owing to suspected food poisoning in Karachi
The affected family, belonging to Quetta, stayed at a hotel in Saddar and ate food from a nearby restaurant Thursday night. The mother felt unwell at 03:00 AM and was rushed to the Aga Khan Hospital. Speaking to the media after their burial, the children’s father said, “My wife and I had also eaten the same food. If the food had been sprayed on then I would have also fallen ill, however, I do not want to influence the investigations.”
According to police officials, “The family had called in for food from a nearby restaurant at their guest house,” officials said. “The family had also eaten food at a restaurant in Khuzdar before reaching Karachi,” the officials added. “Later at night, the five children, their mother and paternal aunt started feeling sick and were taken to a private hospital,” the officials further said.
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17 November, 2019