Sindh Forensic DNA lab holds training session for Sindh police

KARACHI: Sindh Forensic DNA and Serology Laboratory (SFDL) has arranged a training session for the Crime Scene Unit of Sindh Police at the International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), University of Karachi (UoK).
More than 25 crime scene investigators (CSI) attended the training session, which was conducted by Dr. Ishtiaq Ahmad Khan, Dr. Nouman Rasool and Afzaal Hussain Shah.
Speaking at the closing ceremony of the session ICCBS Director Prof. Dr M. Iqbal Choudhary highlighted that training of the crime scene investigators (CSI) was very essential for the proper collection of evidence that would support the allowance of justice in its true spirit.  
Iqbal Choudhary informed “This field of applied science has got much attention recently in most of the criminal and civil matters, he said, adding that reliability and suitable training of the CSI will make them an advantage to the judicial system. He lauds the keen interest of participants in the session”.
Project Director SFDL, Dr. Ishtiaq Ahmad Khan briefly described the establishment of the state-of-the-art facility of forensic DNA analysis which is developed according to international standards containing qualified and trained staff and highly advanced technology.
SFDL, which set up at the Jamil-ur-Rahman Center for Genome Research, and works as a part of the Dr. Panjwani Center for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research (PCMD), University of Karachi, is a state-of-the-art world-class forensic DNA laboratory.
He said that this training session was arranged to improve theoretical knowledge and practical handling of personnel for the collection and handling of biological evidence at a crime scene.
Afzaal Hussain Shah conducted a detailed interactive discussion on crime scene investigation in various types of possible crime scene scenarios.
 Dr. Nouman Rasool answered queries of the participants during the session. Moreover, a practical session was also arranged at a mock crime scene of SFDL to practically explain the different skills used in crime scene investigation.
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