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On January 25, 2008, Prime Minister Mohammad Mian Soomro along with U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission, Peter W. Bodde inaugurated the Pakistan Automated Fingerprint Identification System and declared it as a major contribution to police modernization in Pakistan.

Peter W. Bodde - US Embassy, Islamabad, Pakistan


The Pakistan Automated Fingerprint Identification System improves stability in Pakistan and also help in the battle against international crime and terrorism.


The PAFIS is comprised of a Central Site in Islamabad, eight (8) Multi Function Work Station (MFWS) sites at provincial capitals, and fifty two (52) Remote Sites (RT) at selected districts of Pakistan. The Central Site contains the repository of fingerprint based biometric information. This site contains all of the hardware, software and connectivity to accept fingerprint transactions from the central workstations as well as from the MFWS Sites and the Remote Terminal sites. The Central Site accepts and validates the transactions, processes the searches against the repository and performs maintenance as required. The site supports fingerprint card vs. fingerprint card, latent versus fingerprint card, fingerprint card versus latent searches. The Remote MFWS Sites contain all of the hardware, software and connectivity to provide live scan fingerprint capture, inked card scanning, fingerprint identification and verification. Additionally, the Remote MFWS Sites contain the hardware and software necessary to perform latent fingerprint capture and editing, latent print comparison and related services.


The objective of the PAFIS is to enable law enforcement agencies in Pakistan to computerize vital information on criminals and criminal activity (e.g., wanted criminals, stolen property, missing persons) and share it with other law enforcement agencies in real time. Its further objective is to facilitate criminal data analysis and identification of crime trends. 

Concept of Operation

PAFIS architecture uses the commercially available Electronic Fingerprint Capture Station (EFCS) workstation that has been deployed in numerous applications including the DoD’s MEPCOM and Florida Department of Education.

Evolution & History

In the early 1960s, the FBI in the United States, the Home Office in the United Kingdom, Paris Police in France, and the Japanese National Police initiated projects to develop automated fingerprint identification systems. The thrust of this research was to use emerging electronic digital computers to assist or replace the labor-intensive processes of classifying, searching, and matching tenprint cards used for personal identification.

Our Involvement

Now, with PAFIS, Pakistan has the capability to place into a central database the fingerprints of every criminal who is arrested anywhere in the country. Police from all corners of the country can compare fingerprints collected at crime scenes against submitted or enrolled fingerprints in the PAFIS electronic repository. 


  • System roll-out to 60 nationwide location
  • Greater than 1 Million Suspects Enrolled
  • Over 1000 Police Officers Trained
  • Latent & Fingerprint Capture Training courses Offered in Urdu, Pashto, Sindhi and English
  • Islamabad Based Reach-Back IT Support
  • Nationwide Field Service Support Response
  • Return Merchandise Authorization Support
  • Data Center, Remote Sites & Network Operations Centers Designed

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