Sindh Forensic DNA and Serology Laboratory (SFDL) at the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), University of Karachi organized a one-day training session for medico-legal officers (MLOs) on Saturday.
SFDL In charge and Project Director Dr. Ishtiaq Ahmad Khan, Police Surgeon Karachi Dr. Summaiya Syed, and Director CPLC Shanakht Project Amir Hassan conducted the training session, which was attended by the medico-legal officers from across the province.
In his welcome address, Dr. Ishtiaq Ahmad Khan welcomed the participants on behalf of Prof. Dr. M. Iqbal Choudhary, Director of the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences, and COMSTECH Coordinator General. He said that Forensic DNA was an important modern-age tool which had gained much attention recently in most criminal and civil matters. Training of the medicolegal officers is very important for proper collection of evidence which will help the dispensation of justice in its true spirit, he observed.
He also described the establishment of the state-of-the-art facility of forensic DNA analysis, which is developed according to international standards containing qualified and trained staff and highly advanced technology.
Dr. Summaiya Syed, Police Surgeon Karachi, delivered a lecture on the current status of the medico-legal department, issues, and the way forward. She said that this training session was arranged to improve theoretical knowledge and practical skills of medicolegal officers. Her lecture was dedicated to the late Prof. Farhat Mirza. She paid a rich tribute to Dr. Mirza for his unmatching services for the medico-legal department.
Mr. Amir Hassan Director Shanakht project of the CPLC also addressed the participant. He said that team of Shanakhat project had closely worked with the SFDL during all major incident. In the end, the participants of the training session paid a visit to Sindh Forensic DNA and Serology Laboratory.