KARACHI: Sindh Forensic DNA and Serology Laboratory (SFDL) at the University of Karachi has completed the DNA based identification process of victims of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane crash.
The Director of the International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS) KU, Prof. Dr. Iqbal Choudhary said a few cases where relatives have not contacted are pending and will be deciphered on the availability of reference samples.
He said, “As many as 69 samples have been received from the families of the victims, and 70 samples of the victims have also been received from Police Department so far.”
State of the art machines and expertise were employed to complete this huge work on record time of 8 days with 100 per cent accuracy, he said, adding that the work included complete profiling over 69 relatives and over 50 bodies.
He said, “It required matching of each DNA profile of deceased with all 69 references.” He said a team of volunteers and scientists work 24/7 to complete this national assignment.
He mentioned that Government of Sindh had provided excellent support coordination in this highly technical work conducted in Pakistan’s latest forensic DNA facility.
SFDL is the first of its kind facility in Sindh that specializes in the detection, identification and analysis of human DNA from evidence samples collected by law enforcement agencies from crime scenes.