The Sindh High Court—SHC has expressed concerns on Thursday over the lack of face recognition system at the criminal record office—CRO of the police and asked the home secretary, the provincial police officer and the director general of NADRA to assure that such facility must be installed exclusively at the CRO.
A single bench led by Justice Salahuddin Panhwar also asked the director general of Pakistan Rangers—Sindh to make sure that all runaways were brought before the courts with the aid of the people.
It also asked from the home secretary for a report that under what capacity Karachi Metropolitan Corporation was managing the closed-circuit television cameras in the city, which otherwise is especially related to the home department after it was briefed that the KMC was managing the CCTV cameras.
The bench expressed serious concerns over the performance of the CRO after an official agreed that the police department had no capability to match any face from a video and this system was available with NADRA and such facility was lacking in the system of CRO.
It noticed that the objective of keeping record with NADRA was never restricted to issuing of CNICs only but was meant for learning about the identity of an individual.
Hence, the IG Sindh, the provincial home secretary and the DG NADRA must make sure that this mechanism was particularly available with the CRO with complete domain thus enabling the criminal’s identification.
It also gave directives to the AIG forensic to file complete details of the DNA of the criminals available with forensic laboratories.