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Lahore, 12th February, 2018: Today 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. 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 Additional Home Secretary Mehmood Javed, the EU Ambassador Jean-François Cautain and British Political Counsellor Will Middleton.
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."
The British Political Counsellor Will Middleton said: “I am delighted to announce this funding today. We already have a very strong relationship with the Punjab government on justice sector reform which this will strengthen even further. I am confident that this project will further develop the Punjab Forensic Science Agency’s role in supporting safe justice outcomes.”
For further details please contact:
Ms Ayesha Babar
Press and PR Officer
Delegation of the European Union to Pakistan
Phone: +92-51-227 182 8
Fax: +92-51-282 260 4
Email address: Ayesha.Babar@eeas.europa.eu