March 27, 2019
Islamabad/New Delhi: Reacting to India’s launch of anti-satellite missile, Pakistan on Wednesday said that all countries of the world have responsibilities to avoid actions which can lead to the militarization of space.
”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,” Pakistan Foreign Ministry Spokesperson replying to questions on India’s space feat.
”Boasting of such capabilities is reminiscent of Don Quixote’s tilting against windmills,” he said in a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi who said India had become “a space superpower” as its anti-satellite missile successfully targeted a live satellite on a low earth orbit in just three minutes.
The Spokesperson said that Pakistan has been a strong proponent of Prevention of Arms Race in Outer Space which was a common heritage of mankind .
”We believe that there is a need to address gaps in the international space laws with a view to ensuring that no one threatens peaceful activities and applications of space technologies for socio-economic development,’ it said.
However, Mr Modi, while making the announcement of the missile test, said the weapon was not aimed against any country.
India has now become the fourth country after the US, Russia, and China to shoot a low orbit satellite, joining the club of space superpowers.
China in 2007 achieved this feat by shooting its weather satellite.
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