Pakistan takes exception to India's Cartosat-2s satellite launch

Indian Space Research Organization today launched its 100th satellite, Cartosat-2 into the space. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 12, 2018, 12.55 PM (IST)

Taking exception to India's 100th satellite+, Pakistan said that such pursuits should not be directed towards a build-up of destabilizing military capabilities, which can negatively impact the regional strategic stability. 

"According to media reports, India is set to launch 31 satellites including the earth observation spacecraft Cartosat, on 12th January 2018. All space technologies, including earth observation satellites, are inherently dual use and can be employed for both civilian and military purposes," spokesperson of Ministry of Foreign Affairs Pakistan Dr Mohammad Faisal was quoted as saying as per media reports. 

"All states have a legitimate right to pursue peaceful uses of space technologies. However, given the dual-use nature of such technologies, it is essential that such pursuits are not directed towards a build-up of destabilizing military capabilities, which can negatively impact the regional strategic stability," he said responding to a question posed by a reporter. 

Indian Space Research Organization today launched its 100th satellite, Cartosat-2 into the space.

Cartosat-2 Series is an advanced remote sensing satellite similar in configuration to earlier six spacecraft in the series and intended to augment data services to the users.

Its primary objective is to provide high-resolution scene-specific spot imageries that would help in urban and rural applications, coastal land use and regulation, road network monitoring, water distribution and geographical information system applications among others.