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Musharraf outlines agenda for expediting Pak's space program

03 February, 2005

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KARACHI, February 04 (Online): President General Pervez Musharraf Thursday outlined his vision for Pakistan's Space Programme by laying down a clearly defined agenda for the national space agency SUPARCO to pursue and deliver in minimum time.

The President said that as an established and well recognized nuclear and missile power, Pakistan's graduation to a power in space technology must be the next logical frontier in taking Pakistan forward in the comity of technologically advanced nations of the world. He said Space was a common heritage of mankind and Pakistan will carve out a niche for itself in the peaceful exploitation and use of space for the benefit of its people.

The President was speaking to the scientists and engineers of Pakistan's space agency SUPARCO during a visit to SUPARCO's Plant near Karachi. The President said that Pakistan needed to make up for lost time and neglect of the past.

His government had put the space programme up front and n a fast track by taking a number of initiatives like revitalization, restructuring, reorientation and modernization of SUPARCO and bringing it at par with other strategic organizations, investment in human resource development, assigning of a clear vision to be achieved in the areas of communications satellites, remote sensing satellites, satellite launch vehicles, with the objective of bringing rapid growth and socio economic development in the fields of mass education, information technology, communications, agriculture, mineral development, atmospheric sciences, environment and pollution monitoring, etc.

The President said that it was incumbent of the SUPARCO that with all the financial and administrative backing of the government, it must deliver on the objectives of the space vision. He was confident that Pakistan would in the near future emerge strongly on the space map of the world and would be able to derive the necessary benefits for its people.

Earlier on arrival, the President was given a briefing by Chairman SUPARCO Major General (Retd) Raza Hussain. He visited the various laboratories and facilities and appreciated the renewed vigour, dedication and motivation of the young engineers working on different projects.

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Reader Comments:

pak programme

pakistan can never put their sattellite with their own launch vehicle in the near future(decade)is the apt word and if it happens it will be an out moded one from rest of the world

nisanth, Hungary - 28 December, 2005

Renewed space program

If we as a country have been sleeping at the wheel, it does not mean that we are not capable of putting an advanced satellite with our own launch vehicle.

With hard work and dedication anything is possible and the people of Pakistan are smart and perfectly capable.

I would say, that we need political stability in the country to enable such a program.

Ali Asghar, United Kingdom - 06 January, 2006

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