The first-ever, ‘state-of-the-art’ DNA, forensics and serology laboratory has been set up at the Karachi University. It can accommodate as much as 100 experiments in a month.
This lab will help identify the culprits for crimes like rape, terrorism, etc. Director of KU’s International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), Prof. M. Iqbal Chaudhary, said that this is the first-of-its-kind facility in Sindh and the second forensic lab in Pakistan.
“It is fully equipped to provide all kinds of DNA and serology analysis and testing services and has the capacity to analyze 100 cases in a month,” said the professor while speaking at a press conference.
Chaudhry said that the Sindh government had provided Rs. 220 million for the facility last year. The lab was constructed in just six months.
“The ICCBS also contributed to the funds. We hope that this laboratory would help achieve the mission of bringing peace and justice to society,” said Director ICCBS.
He added that the facility was established on Supreme Court’s orders and is a part of the Sindh Forensic Authority. “The facility is built to aid police and the prosecution department in investigation and trial, using modern technology. With the help of this lab, it is easy for the police to gather reliable and crucial probative evidence against a suspect which would help hold a fair trial,” said Chaudhary.
Director ICCBS said that the laboratory was built using a comprehensive execution plan and meets international standards.
Project Director, Dr. Ishtiaq Ahmed, said that the lab meets all the standards of international research institutions. The salient features of this lab include well-trained staff, biometric access, purpose-built laboratory spaces, security cameras in every section, independent workflows for evidence and reference samples, modern laboratory equipment, and quality assurance mechanism.