32 Judges pay orientation visit to DNA Laboratory at ICCBS-UOK

KARACHI - Sindh Forensic DNA and Serology Laboratory (SFDL) at the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), University of Karachi, arranged an orientation visit and a forensic training session for 32 judges on Wednesday.

The orientation visit and the training session on “Use of Forensics during Investigation and Prosecution of Terrorism Cases” were organized at the request of the Sindh Judicial Academy.

Dr. Ishtiaq Ahmad Khan, in-charge Sindh Forensic DNA and Serology Laboratory welcomed the participants on behalf of Prof. Dr. M. Iqbal Choudhary, Director of International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences, University of Karachi, and Coordinator General COMSTECH.

Dr. Ahmad briefed the audience about the world-class forensic DNA facility established at the ICCBS with the financial support of the Sindh Health Department. He said, “Since its establishment SFDL is continuously providing high quality forensic DNA reports to assist criminal and civil legal system in Sindh.”

The laboratory’s reports have filled a very important existing gap and ensuring timely disposition of justice, especially in case of child abuse, which are being reported in alarmingly high in numbers, he said, adding that the laboratory is closely working with police, prosecution, medico-legal and law departments to train concerned officials for sample collection, and report interpretation.

This important session will help judges of trial courts to better understand various aspects or forensic DNA analysis, which will help them to utilize reports with their technical merits.      

On the occasion, Director General Punjab Forensic Science Agency Dr. M. Tahir Ashraf also delivered a presentation on forensic sciences.

The higher officials, in the session, attended the lectures of the forensic experts on collection, packaging, and transportation of biological evidence for forensic DNA analysis from the crime scene. These participants learned the best practice of crime scene management for biological evidence collection.

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SFDL - SFDL In-charge Dr. Ishtiaq Ahmad Khan delivers his lecture during the orientation visit and a forensic training session.