New Delhi, Jan 12: Pakistan is worried by the launch of the 100th satellite by Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO). As ISRO successfully launched the PSLV-C40/Cartosat-2 Series Satellite on Friday, Pakistan raised questions over the usage of the satellite by India.
Islamabad said New Delhi must refrain from putting the new satellite to military use which could create trouble in the region.
“All space technologies, including earth observation satellites, are inherently dual use and can be employed for both civilian and military purposes and therefore it is essential that such pursuits are not directed towards a build-up of destabilizing military capabilities, which can negatively impact the regional strategic stability,” a statement issued by Pakistan’s Foreign Office said.
Pakistan had earlier opted out of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s idea of ‘South Asia Satellite’ project benefiting all the countries of the region. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had made an announcement about this satellite during the SAARC Summit in Kathmandu in 2014 calling it a “gift to India’s neighbours.” (All you need to know about the satellite launch)
Pakistan had then blamed India of keeping it out from the space project. “During the 18th SAARC Summit, India offered to ‘gift’ a satellite to SAARC member states, to be named as the so-called ‘SAARC Satellite’. Subsequently, however, India made it clear that it would build, launch and operate the satellite solely,” Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria had said.
“As India was not willing to develop the project on a collaborative basis, it was not possible for Pakistan to support it as a regional project under the umbrella of SAARC. The satellite was then renamed as ‘South Asia Satellite’ as the project was taken out of the SAARC ambit,” Zakaria added.