On Saturday, Syed Murad Ali Shah, the Chief Minister of Pakistan’s Sindh province, officially introduced the police app called “Talash,” aimed at tackling criminal elements in Karachi and other regions.
The app relies on a comprehensive database containing records of individuals previously convicted of breaking the law, offering an efficient tool for law enforcement in combating street crimes and improving conviction rates.
Originally launched in October of the previous year, “Talash” was intended to assist the Sindh Police during snap checks at blockades. By using thumbprints, the police can swiftly identify individuals with criminal records, eliminating the need for lengthy investigations.
The state-owned Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) news agency announced the app’s launch on Twitter, highlighting its additional features, such as identifying culprits, both local and foreign, and unclaimed bodies through thumb impressions.
Moreover, the app is capable of identifying recovered vehicles by utilizing their engine or chassis numbers. The stored data includes comprehensive information on offenders and is connected with the National Database Registration Authority (NADRA).
Karachi, the densely populated provincial capital of Sindh, has witnessed a significant increase in street crimes over the years. It has also been plagued by ethnic, sectarian, and militant violence, posing significant challenges to law enforcement agencies. Recognizing the importance of technology in crime prevention, senior police officials have acknowledged the app’s potential in addressing these pressing issues.