SAARC satellite project: Pakistan decides to opts out

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 telemedicine.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: March 25, 2016 4:20 pm
vikas swarup759 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 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.

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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.”

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    Sirius
    Mar 23, 2016 at 5:17 am
    India was offered ' Nuclear Deal' because of its consistent 'No first use' doctrine.
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      Sirius
      Mar 23, 2016 at 4:10 am
      This is a good diplomacy ! Now stan cannot claim it was ignored. India can proceed on the framework by its preference. Surround stan under the garb of 'International or Regional Cooperation'. IRNSS , Indian-ocean-rim, Chabahar port project, Central Asia transport corridor , Eastern Silk road, Afghanistan are all part of this. Only friends left for Pak are China, Saudi, Turk and Taliban whom India knows how to handle ...
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        Dddf
        Mar 23, 2016 at 7:20 am
        Tactical Pak nukes will only ensure comprehensive destruction of stan and won't deter India as we will retaliate with mive nuclear strikes even if there is a tactical nuke strike against Indian ets in stan or even Afghanistan which actually deters Pak from using them.
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          khan
          Mar 23, 2016 at 3:30 am
          Kindly don't jump to conclusions, space and sensitive data has to be shared with India resulting in defence security compromise . stan has proposed no first nuclear strike to India , did she agreed. For God sake India is more educated even then readers comments are disgusting
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            khan
            Mar 23, 2016 at 4:35 am
            Can you name any friendly neighbor of India
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              Vishwanath Lingayat
              Mar 23, 2016 at 1:07 am
              This was expected from a country which has trust deficit and inferiority complex .
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                Gauhar Vatsyayan
                Mar 23, 2016 at 6:37 am
                We have excellent relationship with Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh. China is our largest trading partner. This is called international diplomacy which Pak bureaucrats dont understand.
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                  Biplab Mohapatra
                  Mar 23, 2016 at 7:16 am
                  good decision if stan doesn't want it ok don't persuade them good thing done by India let it be south asia satellite
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