KARACHI - Islam has forbidden liquor in great as well as small quantities and even in Pakistan, its sale is banned for Muslims. But the recent incident in Multan is an eye-opener for provincial governments, especially for high-ups of local police as to how this menace has spread in various cities of the country. Karachi is said to be an ideal place for the sale of tainted liquor, which has been proved poisonous and has claimed lives of dozens of citizens time and again. It is to be noted that more than 40 people have been died in September 2007 by dint of poisonous liquor. Liquor is being sold openly in parts of interior Sindh like Hyderabad, Mirpurkhas, Mithi, Umer Kot etc., which resultantly has killed many people on different occasions. The sad part of the story is that it is the last week of December that has been observed as the week of jubilations and joy by different communities in the country. The events like Christmas, New Year, Quaid-e-Azam Day etc., make hundreds of poor people to celebrate by using this locally made liquor, popularly known as Tharra. The aftermath of use of liquor on such events always stay fatal with the deaths of many young people, and the mentioning of a sad incident happened in September 2007 would not be out of place here when some 40 people died due to the use of liquor. It is pertinent to mention that only part of these deaths is reported while the fact is the victims of this liquor are large number of people who lost their lives every month but their relatives do not opt for autopsy. The families of the victims do not opt for the post-mortem of their deceased love one, fearing defamation as most of the victims are Muslims. Moreover, they think that the cause of death would be revealed through postmortem and FIRs would be lodged against them that would bring a bad name to their families in society. The recent sad incident happened in Multan when 27 people were died due to drinking of poisonous liquor, while in Karachi it has been observed three times when a large number of of people died of using liquor during past few years. The Nation, in this regard has conducted a survey in various parts of the City and observed that the sale and purchase of liquor is rising in the slums and low-income localities these days. There are thousands of teenagers drinking this local brand also known in the market as kuppi, bambaat, katchi shraab and kutta maar. This liquor is life-threatening and its worst side-effects include loss of eyesight and liver destruction. It had claimed a number of lives in September 2007 when residents of Kharadar, Baldia Town and Chakiwara fell sick after drinking the liquor that had turned poisonous. The relatives of the deceased took away the bodies without post-mortem and the issue was not highlighted. During the survey, it is learnt that Azam Basti, Manzoor Colony, Akhtar Colony, Chunaiser Goth, Eisa Nagri, Pehlwan Goth, Lyari, the coastal belt from Korangi to Ibrahim Hyderi, Surjani Town, Khuda Ki Basti, parts of New Karachi, parts of Orangi Town, Machar Colony and Geedar Colony are the areas where users of this killer most abound. It has also been learnt that rotten fruit, spirit, molasses, shrubs, certain chemicals and medicines are used to make the liquor, and imbalance in the chemical combination makes it lethal. An insider disclosed that dealers of the liquor also fool the rich by mixing tharra with imported liquor and selling it to them. They suck out imported liquor through syringes or other methods, and then inject tharra into the bottles. Those who drink it are blissfully ignorant of the fact that it is half foreign and half tharra, he said. While the mixing of such liquor in branded whisky is being done at Kemari and Ibrahim Hyderi, he added.