Three minor girls died in Pakpattan on Wednesday allegedly as a result of consuming adulterated cold drinks, Express News reported.
At a wedding in Arifwala village in the district, four girls consumed the allegedly contaminated drinks and were rushed to the hospital where three girls were pronounced dead.
The victims have been identified as 6-year-old Mariah, 5-year-old Fatima, and 5-year-old Misha.
The fourth girl, 6-year old Saira, is receiving treatment at Sahiwal District Hospital, where her condition is reported to be critical.
The shopkeeper who sold the cold drinks is currently on the run, leaving behind his family.
The Punjab Food Authority (PFA) raided the shop and took samples of the cold drinks for investigation.
District Commissioner (DC) Pakpattan Ahmed Kamal Mann has taken notice of the incident.
PFA is take taking indiscriminate action against food business operators by following the directions of the Punjab government. PFA would allow only those food business operators (FBOs) in Punjab who follow the hygiene principles.