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EU announces additional support for development of forensic science in Punjab

The European Union announced 2.5m euros of support as part of a joint project between the Punjab Forensic Science Agency (PFSA) and the British High Commission in Islamabad.

Additional support of the European Union for the development of Forensic Science in Punjab

This project is aimed at achieving international certification for the PFSA and increasing the use of forensics at provincial level to support better justice outcomes.

An event was held in Lahore to celebrate the launch of this fund, attended by Punjab Additional Home Secretary Javed Mehmood, the EU Ambassador Jean-François Cautain and British Political Counsellor Will Middleton.

The British Political Counsellor Will Middleton said:

I am delighted to announce this funding today. The UK already has a very strong relationship with the Punjab government on justice sector reform. This is the sixth year of collaboration between the UK and the Punjab Forensic Science Agency, and I look forward to enhancing this work alongside our EU partners.

Strengthening the rule of law is a priority for UK-Pakistan cooperation and I am confident that this project will further develop the Punjab Forensic Science Agency’s capabilities in securing justice for the people of Pakistan.

The EU Ambassador Jean-François Cautain said:

The EU is committed to contributing to the better criminal justice system in Pakistan. This continuous support in the field of forensics in Punjab is a crucial part of our rule of law cooperation with the Government of Punjab.

This second phase includes cooperation with other regions as a new priority area and will further improve Punjab Forensic Science Agency’s capacity to share best practices with other provincial forensic laboratories in Pakistan.

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Published 14 February 2018