The Legitimacy of Forensic Evidence in Criminal Justice System of Pakistan.
Dr. Naveed Ahmed
In 1960s and 1970s, the physical evidence was accessible at majority of the crime scenes but little attention was given to forensic science in order to collect forensic evidence. However, in early 1970s, the issue of drug abuse paved a way forward for scientific ways to collect evidence at crime scene. Therefore, in 1980 serious efforts were started when the U.S National Institute of Justice (NIJ) invested on a project to develop various techniques to use forensic evidence in the investigation and case resolution. Ultimately, further research fortified the latest techniques for the collection of forensic evidence almost three times more than the conventional approaches to resolve the crime cases. Currently, the law enforcement agencies all over the world trust deeply on forensic science to contribute in resolving the difficult offences during investigation of complex cases of crimes. Pakistan is a developing country with a population of almost more than 190 million people. For the last one decade the country is a victim of terrorism as well as some other crimes. The purpose of this article is to assess the capability of Pakistan in Forensic Science to deal with these crimes and to check whether these labs if available are compatible with international standards or not.