Forensic science lab established to eradicate corruption: Qamar

Staff Reporter

Islamabad—NAB Chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhary has said that National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has established its own forensic science laboratory with an aim to equip itself with the latest technology to cater for its emerging needs to eliminate the menace of corruption from the society. He was speaking after reviewing the progress of NAB’s Forensic Science Lab here.
Enumerating the achievements and initiatives taken by the present NAB management, he said the concept of combined investigation team (CIT) has been introduced as investigation and prosecution officers were now working as a team to ensure transparency and merit in conduct of investigations.
He said the NAB with improved infrastructure and rationalized workload, timeliness had been prescribed for efficient, effective and expeditious disposal of case putting a maximum limit of 10 months from complaint verification-to-inquiry-to investigation and finally to a reference in Accountability Court.
The NAB Chairman said the Bureau had signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Higher Education Commission in order to aware the youth in universities and colleges about the ill effects of corruption at an early age.
“Our special emphasis is on setting up character building societies in educational institutes across the country to build an effective edifice against corruption. Presently we have established more than 42,000 character building societies (CBS) in universities and colleges throughout the country and their regular meetings and interaction with each other bringing very positive results and is a great achievement,” he added. He said NAB had emphasized importance of students and given them an important role in its fight against corruption with the purpose to create awareness amongst the students regarding the adverse affects of corruption and spread the message in their homes and communities and build alliances to tackle this monster at the grass root level.
Today, eradication of corruption was the biggest issue after elimination of terrorism in the country, he added.
He said under its proactive approach, NAB had been engaging different governmental and non-governmental organizations and civil society in its fight against corruption. He said with the help of properly functioning forensic lab, investigation officers probing different high profile corruption cases would be able to conduct complaint verifications, inquiries and investigations transparently and on merit. He said NAB’s Forensic Science LAB has the facilities of digital forensics, fingerprint forensics and questioned documents.
Establishment of Forensic Science LAB will help in retrieving of documents from electronic devices like Cell Phones, Computers, iPads and networks and its preservation to determine authorship of questioned hand writing, identity questioned typescripts and printed documents to detect forgeries in questioned documents to determine interpolation, additions or overwriting and substitution of papers, and to work on Questioned Fingerprints for comparison and/or identification purposes, he added.

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