Forensic Science Lab to further improve NAB’s performance

 
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ISLAMABAD, Aug 7 (TNS): Chairman, National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Qamar Zaman Chaudhry on Monday said Forensic Science Lab (FSL) would help investigate corruption cases not only for Bureau but also for other law enforcement agencies.

Using this facility, the Investigation Officers (IOs)/Prosecutors, probing corruption cases, would produce better and quick results. The Chairman was addressing NAB officers after reviewing progress of Forensic Science Lab.

He said the Forensic Science Lab (FSL) is established in Islamabad with three sections i.e. Digital Forensics, Fingerprint Forensics and Questioned Documents.

Establishment of Forensic 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 said US Embassy has recently provided a Video Spectral Comparator 8000, state-of-the-art forensics document analyzer that will assist the NAB with identifying fraudulent documents, including travel and identity documents, banknotes, checks, and official letters.

Qamar Zaman said the VSC 8000 is the first-of-its-kind in Pakistan. Enumerating the achievements and initiatives, the Chairman said the NAB is striving to rid nation of corruption and corrupt practices by adopting zero tolerance policy.        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 which have rooted out menace of corruption. “In a similar manner, if we in Pakistan want to become a developed nation it can only be possible if we uproot corruption from our society and show zero tolerance against corruption,” he added.

He said NAB is trying to create awareness among the people about effects of corruption. It is encouraging that for the first time anti-corruption has been made a part of development agenda in the context of governance.  “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.

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