Pakistan’s Bio-Preparedness With Regard To Biosecurity, Biodefense Strategies and Policy Measures
Ali Talha Khalil*, Faouzia Tanveer and Zabta Khan Shinwari
Molecular Systematic and Ethno botany Lab. Department of Biotechnology, Quaid- I -Azam University, Pakistan
- *Corresponding Author:
- Ali Talha Khalil
Molecular Systematics and Ethno botany Lab.
Department of Biotechnology
Quaid- I -Azam University, Pakistan
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: December 15, 2014; Accepted Date: January 20, 2015; Published Date: January 27, 2015
Citation: Khalil A, Tanveer F, Shinwari ZK (2015) Pakistan’s Bio-Preparedness With Regard To Biosecurity, Biodefense Strategies and Policy Measures. J Bioterror Biodef 7:132. doi: 10.4172/2157-2526.1000132
Copyright: © 2015 Khalil A, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Bioterror threats worldwide call for significant security measures such as legal reforms to ensure preparedness to the possible use of biological materials as deadly weapons. Pakistan as a terrorism stricken nation is already confronted with threats from various terrorist groups thus possibility of bio-terrorism in the country in near future cannot be denied. This review focuses on possible bio-threats to the country, existing policy frameworks by the government of Pakistan and national bodies or organizations working for the cause of biosecurity in the country. It also emphasizes the need to establish effective strategies related to bio-defense for country’s preparedness to the threats posed by potential bio-weapons. The review concludes that in addition to development of strong bioresponse mechanisms, important steps must be taken in terms of bio-defense related R&D, capacity building and policy measures.