Pakistan has “decided to opt out” of the ambitious SAARC satellite project which was proposed in November 2014 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for all member countries of the regional grouping.
At the SAARC summit in Kathmandu, Modi had announced India’s decision to develop the satellite to benefit all member countries in different fields including telecommunication and tele-medicine.
On Tuesday, MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup said: “Pakistan has decided to opt out of the satellite project. So it cannot be called a SAARC satellite. It will be a South Asia satellite.”
Pakistan is learnt to have expressed reservations over the safety of its space programme data. This was conveyed to India during the SAARC meeting in Pokhara this month.