According to police officials, five children, whose ages ranged from 1.5 to 9 years, died of food poisoning after dining at an eatery in Saddar.
Their mother is critically ill and under treatment at a private hospital.
The deceased included 1.5-year-old Abdul Ali, four-year-old Aziz Faisal, six-year old Aliya, seven-year-old Tauheed and nine-year-old Salvi.
According to police officials, the family reached Karachi from Quetta at 11:30pm last night and were staying at a guest house in Saddar.
“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.
Superintendent Police Gulshan Tahir Noorani said the cause of the children’s death appears to be food poisoning, according to initial investigation into the incident. Further investigation is under way, he added.
The restaurant in Saddar has been sealed and samples of food have been taken for chemical examination.