ISLAMABAD, July 07, 2017: Mr. Qamar Zaman Chaudhary Chairman, National Accountability Bureau (NAB) said the NABís Forensic Science LAB has been made operational with an aim to equip NAB with latest technology to cater for its emerging needs to eliminate menace of corruption from the society. He said these remarks while addressing NAB officers after reviewing progress of NABís Forensic Science LAB.
Enumerating the achievements and initiatives of NAB, the Chairman NAB said the NAB is striving to rid the nation of corruption and corrupt practices by adopting zero tolerance policy. He said a concept of combined investigation Team (CIT) has been introduced as investigation officers and prosecution are working as a team to ensure transparency and unbiased investigations. He said corruption is a plague that has a wide range of corrosive effects on societies. Historically, it is evident that only those nations have developed and remained successful who have rooted out the menace of corruption. "In a similar manner, if we in Pakistan want to become a developed nation it can only be possible if we uproot corruption from our society and show zero tolerance against corruption," he added.
He said NAB is trying to create awareness among the people about effects of corruption. It is encouraging that for the first time anti corruption has been made a part of development agenda in the context of governance. "Our experience at fighting corruption has led us to understand that enforcement alone cannot be cure to corruption. It requires a coordinated and a concerted effort with a three pronged strategy of Awareness, Prevention and Enforcement," he said. The Chairman said the responsibility to educate the public on ill effects of corruption and to make it aware of its adverse effects lies greatly with the media etc. It is heartening to see that media is playing a proactive role in this drive.
He said that with the help of properly functioning Forensic Science LAB, NAB Investigation Officers (IOs)/Prosecutors probing corruption cases will produce better and quick results for NAB. He said the Forensic Science Lab (FSL) is established in Islamabad with three sections i.e. Digital Forensics, Fingerprint Forensics and Questioned Documents. Establishment of Forensic Lab will help in retrieving of documents from electronic devices like Cell Phones, Computers, iPads and networks and its preservation, to determine authorship of questioned hand writing, identity questioned typescripts and printed documents, to detect forgeries in questioned documents, to determine interpolation, additions or overwriting and substitution of papers, and to work on Questioned Fingerprints for comparison and/or identification purposes. He said US Embassy recently provided a Video Spectral Comparator 8000, state-of-the-art forensics document analyzer that will assist the NAB with identifying fraudulent documents, including travel and identity documents, banknotes, checks, and official letters. He hoped that with this new forensics equipment, NAB will be able to investigate corruption cases, not only for NAB, but for other law enforcement agencies as well. He stated that the VSC 8000 is the first-of-its-kind in Pakistan. From June 12-16 2017, INL also sponsored five NAB officers to attend a customized, intensive training program in Evesham, United Kingdom, on the set-up and use of this equipment. NAB officers noted that this document analyzer is one of the most sophisticated and useful forensic tools available anywhere in the world and will assist the NAB in investigating corruption cases, not only for their agency, but also for other law enforcement agencies in need of forensic document analysis. The Chairman NAB said that NABís Forensic Science LAB is meeting our professional requirements and is now equipped with all basic tools/equipment to give expert evidence in all three above sections. The officers posted at the LAB, who possessed the basic qualification in these sections, were given several training by AFP, UNODC, ICT Police and FIA.