Forensic facilities to be upgraded in country

ISLAMABAD: The government is working on a plan to upgrade its forensic facilities at its National Forensic Science Agency.

According to official sources, the PC-I for National Forensic Science Agency (NFSA) had already been approved by the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) and tender for construction of building has also been floated in the press.

The agency is presently operating from a rented place. After 18th Amendment, law and order is the responsibility of the provinces and consequently establishment of Forensic Agencies is their own responsibility.

Punjab has developed its Forensic Science Agency and Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhawa and Baluchistan are further developing the facilities.

The sources said wherever required, the federal government is extending cooperation is this regard.

At the National Forensic Agency in the DNA section, five analysts are working since 2006, for firearms analysis two analysts are working since 2012,two analysts are working for document analysis since 2013, three analysts are working since 2013 for latent fingerprint unit and three analysts are working since 2013 for crime scene unit.