Pakistan makes progress on forensic science

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Staff Report: LHR: Pakistans first international conference on forensic science titled Forensic Science and Justice has recently been arranged by the Chemistry Department of Government College University (GCU) in collaboration with Punjab Forensic Science Agency (PFSA) and the HEC opened at the GCU. Over 500 lawyers, judges, forensic experts, police officers and academicians participated in the three-day conference, which will have six technical sessions on jurisprudence, forensic toxicology and abuse of drug, crime detection and its investigation, forensic biology, forensic psychology and cyber crimes.

“As many as 11 eminent forensic scientists from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Egypt and Australia were participating in the conference.” said GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleequr Rahman in his opening remarks.

In his keynote address, Chicago Regional Crime Lab, Executive Director Dr Garth Glassberg said that forensic science has made the dead speak.”Humans can lie, forget or get frightened from the crime scene, but physical evidence is always present as a silent witness,” he said.

Terrey H Gilbert, an eminent defence attorney from Ohio, said that DNA analysis and other forensic evidences were being used to revisit closed cases in the United States in which biological crime scene specimens were maintained.


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