Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar has inaugurated the state-of-the-art Center of Forensic Sciences Training Lab at Punjab Forensic Science Agency (PFSA) near Thokar Niaz Baig.
He inspected different sections and appreciated the most modern training facilities along with planting a sapling outside the lab.
While addressing the ceremony, the CM announced that the government would provide Rs1 billion for the purchase of modern equipment for the Punjab Forensic Science Agency. Like forensic science, Rescue 1122 has been revamped and rescue air ambulance service would also be launched in Punjab by June, he added.
“This is an honour that a state-of-the-art training lab has been set up with a cost of Rs1.90 billion.
As many as 16 forensic labs have been set up in the training lab which would also provide training facilities to line departments about the latest trends in 14 fields of forensic science,” he added.
The PFSA was working in a modern way to investigate cases. The staff has been recruited for the Centre of Forensic Sciences Training Lab while Punjab Food, Drug and Agriculture Authority building would be completed soon by providing necessary resources, he said. The staff of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and Balochistan provinces would also be trained in the Centre of Forensic Sciences Training Lab to enhance their professional capacity.
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This facility would also benefit police, prosecution and courts in cases’ investigations, he remarked.
During the last three and a half years, Punjab Forensic Science Agency has traced all the high-profile cases by conducting investigations on modern lines. The police have worked hard and the accused in the cases have been brought to justice, he noted.
Meanwhile, 12,000 new recruitments are being made in the police. One hundred police stations buildings are being constructed and the scope of model police stations has also been expanded, he stated. 650 new vehicles have been provided to the police. These steps have raised the morale of the police, he added.
The crime rate in Punjab has declined by 44% in the last four months. Rescue 1122 has been extended to 86 tehsils and 350 new ambulances are being procured for it. Allowance has been given to the employees of Rescue 1122.
These measures would benefit the people as they would be provided service at their doorstep, he stated. Divisional centres of Punjab Forensic Science Agency would be activated and a pilot project would be launched in South Punjab in the next financial year, he added and informed that DG PFSA would be recommended for civil award.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 8th, 2022.