Every nation has responsibility avoid actions which lead to militarisation of space: Pak on India's ASAT test

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WION Web Team Islamabad, Pakistan Mar 27, 2019, 05.27 PM (IST)

After India said it tested the ASAT (anti-satellite) missile to "verify" that the country has the "capability to safeguard our space assets", Pakistan's foreign ministry said there is a need to address gaps in the international space laws to ensure that no one threatens peaceful activities and applications of space technologies for socio-economic development.

"Pakistan has been a strong proponent of prevention of arms race in outer space. Space is the common heritage of mankind and every nation has the responsibility to avoid actions which can lead to the militarization of this arena," it said.

India's Ministry of external affairs( MEA) had said that the country had no intention of entering into an arms race in outer space. New Delhi supports UNGA resolution 69/32 on No First Placement of Weapons on Outer Space and has called for substantive legal measures to ensure the prevention of an arms race in outer space. India has also ratified the 1967 Outer Space Treaty which prohibits weapons of mass destruction in outer space.

Pakistan foreign ministry added that boasting of such capabilities is reminiscent of Don Quixote’s tilting against windmills.

Since the test was done in the lower atmosphere, India has said, there isn't much space debris. PM Modi announced on Wednesday morning that  India had become an "elite space power" after it shot down a low earth orbit satellite with an ASAT missile. The operation was named "Mission Shakti".

Modi said he wanted to clarify to the world's powers that this new technology was not meant to be used against any country, but that it was for India's defence. 

He added India is against a space race, and that "we still follow this policy". 

"We did not violate any international treaty," he added. 

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PM Modi said he wanted to clarify to the world's powers that this new technology was not meant to be used against any country, but that it was for India's defence.