Islamabad, Oct 25 (PTI) Pakistan would send a human to space for the first time in 2022 with China’s help, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry announced Thursday, ahead of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s maiden visit to Beijing.Also Read - Shocking, Unscientific Methodology: Govt Reacts on India's Rank Slip in Global Hunger Index Report

Pakistan’s first space mission has been planned for 2022 and the federal Cabinet meeting chaired by Khan approved the plan on Thursday, he was quoted as saying by The News. Also Read - 20 Dead, Hundreds Injured As 6.0 Magnitude Earthquake Jolts Southern Pakistan

An agreement between Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) and a Chinese company has already been signed, the minister said. Also Read - Pawri Girl Dananeer Mobeen Sings Pakistani Song Ae Dil, Wins Hearts With Her Soulful Voice | Watch

Earlier this year, Pakistan launched two indigenously built satellites into orbit, using a Chinese launch vehicle.

Prime Minister Khan is embarking on his first visit to China on November 3 and will hold meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang, Geo News quoted the Foreign Office as saying.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.