According to a report, a top official has said that Pakistan will participate Prime Minister Narendra Modi-conceived SAARC satellite project meeting.
It was confirmed by the official on Tuesday that all the SAARC countries, including Pakistan and India will participate in the meeting.
After being asked over Pakistan’s cold shoulder to the project, A S Kiran Kumar, Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said, “That is not strictly correct. We have on 22nd (June) a meeting in Delhi, where all these seven SAARC countries will participate.”
He further added, “There is a one day programme of familiarising them with what are the things that are possible and how to go forward. This discussion is on and we are told that all of them are participating.”
After the successful launch of PSLV C—23 last year, Mr. Modi had called for a greater collaboration among the SAARC countries and launch of a common satellite for the region.
It was also seen as a move to counter China in South Asia, as its space agency has been involved in launching satellites of several other countries. Following Mr. Modi’s call, formal proposals were sent to all the SAARC countries.
There were reports that Pakistan was not much enthusiastic about the project.