Beijing/Islamabad: Hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that India had registered its name among the elite space superpowers by testing an anti-satellite weapon A-SAT in the Low Earth Orbit, under- ‘Mission Shakti’, Pakistan issued a call stating that such actions may lead to the militarisation of the space arena.
Pakistan’s Foreign Minister issued a statement saying that space is a common heritage of mankind and it is the responsibility of every nation to avoid actions which can lead to militarisation of the same. Without taking India’s name, it said, “We hope that countries which have in the past strongly condemned demonstration of similar capabilities by others will be prepared to work towards developing international instruments to prevent military threats relating to outer space.”
While Pakistan seemed threatened by India’s achievement, China also gave a guarded reply along similar lines. The Chinese Foreign Ministry said that it hopes all countries will uphold peace and tranquillity in the outer space.
In a written response to a question on India successfully test-firing an anti-satellite missile, China said, “We have noticed reports and hope that each country will uphold peace and tranquillity in outer space”.
Reacting to the same, PM Modi clarified that India did not breach any international laws or treaties by testing the anti-satellite missile and that the action was not directed against any country. The satellite was a predetermined target orbiting at an altitude of 300 km, he said.
Mission Shakti is India’s first test of an anti-satellite weapon. With the launch of this mission, India becomes the fourth country, after the US, China and Russia, capable to destroy a low-orbit satellite. The mission was accomplished by a team of scientists were able to accomplish in a span of 3 minutes. Mission Shakti has ensured that it secures a place in the space power league.