Forensic science lab meeting professional requirements: Qamar

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Islamabad

Chairman, National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Qamar Zaman Chaudhry said Forensic Science Lab of the Bureau was meeting professional requirements and equipped with all basic tools to give expert evidences.
Forensic Science LAB has been made operational with an aim to equip NAB with latest technology to cater for its emerging needs to eliminate menace of corruption from the society, he said while addressing a function held here to review progress of NAB’s Forensic Science Lab on Friday. Qamar Zaman said with help of properly functioning forensic lab, Investigation Officers (IOs) probing corruption cases will produce better and quick results.
He said the Forensic Science Lab (FSL) has been established in Islamabad with three sections i.e. Digital Forensics, Fingerprint Forensics and Questioned Documents. Its establishment was helping in retrieving of documents from electronic devices like Cell Phones, Computers and iPads 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.
The officers posted at the lab, who possessed the basic qualification in these sections, were given several trainings by UNODC, ICT Police, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and other relevant organizations.
He said it was encouraging that anti-corruption has been made a part of development agenda in context of governance. “If we in Pakistan want to become a developed nation it can only be possible when we uproot corruption from society and show zero tolerance against this menace,”
“Our experience at fighting corruption has led us to understand that enforcement alone cannot be cure to corruption. It requires a coordinated and a concerted effort with a three pronged strategy of Awareness, Prevention and Enforcement,” he said.
Enumerating the achievements and initiatives, the Chairman said the Bureau was striving to rid nation of corruption and corrupt practices by adopting zero tolerance policy across-the-board.
He said a concept of Combined Investigation Team (CIT) has been introduced as investigation officers and prosecution are working as a team to ensure transparency and unbiased investigations.
He said corruption is a plague that has a wide range of corrosive effects on societies. Historically, it is evident that only those nations have developed and remained successful who have rooted out the menace of corruption and injustice from their societies.
The Chairman said responsibility to educate public on ill-effects of corruption and to make it aware of its adverse effects lies greatly with the media etc. It is heartening to see that media was playing a proactive role in this drive, he added.—APP

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