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CSI Lahore: Pakistan uses forensic science to solve crime

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 01:25

As one of America's top forensic scientists, Mohammad Tahir returns to Pakistan to help upgrade police methods of crime solving. Yiming Woo reports.

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EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: PART AUDIO AS INCOMING This might look like typical investigative work at a crime scene, but proper evidence collection is actually relatively new to Pakistan's police force. One of America's top forensic scientists, Mohammad Tahir, was brought to Lahore a few years ago to upgrade crime solving methods. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FORENSIC INVESTIGATOR, MOHAMMAD TAHIR SAYING: "We are dependent on the physical evidence. And physical evidence is a silent witness. We scientists in the court of law, with our knowledge and training, make the silent witness speak in court of law." Pakistani police used to rely on witnesses who are easily intimidated. Most of the officers themselves didn't how to secure crime scenes and collect evidence. Tahir recalled them bringing in a man they suspected of killing a 7-year-old boy. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FORENSIC INVESTIGATOR MOHAMMAD TAHIR SAYING: "I told them don't beat him, don't do anything physical to him. We haven't proved him yet. Let us do the tests. We did polygraph test, he was truthful. But ultimate is DNA. With DNA he was exonerated." Right now, less than two percent of the country's police are trained. This lab in Lahore is taking on around 600 cases a day but Tahir says the team can handle twice that, once forensic science catches on.

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CSI Lahore: Pakistan uses forensic science to solve crime

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 01:25