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ISLAMABAD: The first ever National Space Policy (NSP) is in the final process of approval under which the satellite industry would be regulated in the country, well-placed sources revealed to Business Recorder.

Under the policy, a National Space Agency would be established in the country and satellite service providers who intend to provide satellite services in the country would be required to register themselves and obtain a non-objection certificate (NOC), sources added.

The policy is expected to be approved anytime soon by the caretaker federal government as it has the consensus of all stakeholders.

Finalisation of National Space Policy discussed

The draft policy was formulated by the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication in collaboration with Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) and shared it with various ministries for feedback.

Sources said that Pakistan has no space policy to-date, due to which, the country is facing difficulty in achieving a wide range of objectives in economics, commercial, educational, research and scientific domains.

The NSP will determine the direction of Pakistan in the field of space. The policy will aim to enhance the role of the space sector, promote mission activities, and increase public partnerships between research, education, start-ups, and industry.

Caretaker Federal Minister for IT and Telecommunication Dr Umar Saif had earlier chaired meeting on Pakistan’s National Space Policy. He stated that Pakistan is working towards a balanced space policy which both protects our national interests and enables us to benefit from rapid advances in the private sector such as Starlink, etc.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2023

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NXT Dec 08, 2023 09:46am
“Space Policy” - give me a break! First, let’s develop a policy to license drivers, and fix our traffic here on earth!
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KU Dec 08, 2023 10:35am
Surely another DHA on the moon! The minister is keeping up with the tradition of being as disconnected with ground realities of suffering of the people. But then, we forget that this is Pakistan where people come last.
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Hujjathullah M.H.Babu Sahib Dec 08, 2023 10:57am
@KU, I love your statement: "this is Pakistan where people come last" ; a ridiculous operating mantra for a so-called Islamic country !
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Builder Dec 08, 2023 11:38am
Another of the chosen ones who thinks he knows everything about everything.
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Usman Dec 08, 2023 11:50am
@NXT, while driving start following the rules and it will be fixed.Ask your family and friends to follow it.Have you even done that much for pakistan or are you another keyborad warrior who rants about things and goes back anf join those breaking the law.
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Hilarious Dec 08, 2023 01:01pm
Islamic republic of space HERE WE COME! Any aliens should be worried. /sarcasm The country can’t work out a policy on basics like trash collection, and then you get gems like this.
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Anwar Dec 08, 2023 01:23pm
Space policy is fine but the utmost important is food and water security. Our priorities seems to be mixed up.
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Hilarious Dec 08, 2023 01:24pm
@Usman, not sure the guy you mentioned driving any particular way will fix anything when the rest of the general population has little to no clue of the general etiquette of driving, strict enforcement of laws and hefty fines, like any rational country is the way forward, but when you have bribe hungry traffic officials that would rather put a few bucks in the pocket than fine and enforce the law, you get the situation that we have, the same principle applies to much of if not all the core issues in the country, the general population are no good either since they offer the bribe. Fine someone 30,000 for a first time traffic offense speeding/lane splitting etc, pretty sure they’ll think twice before doing it again. Similarly, fine the people a few thousand for littering or spitting (spit/pan/gutka) they’ll think twice before doing it again. Remember, these are the same people that become law abiding once they’re in a country where laws are enforced without discrimination.
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Rebirth Dec 08, 2023 02:23pm
The geniuses in the comments are entirely unaware that food security and even traffic can be fixed through satellite technology. Agriculture benefits greatly from satellites predicting weather for example. Satellite imagery helps with traffic flow management. Commuters without a GPS-equivalent created by Pakistani satellites will find it hard to navigate through busy routes caused by traffic jams and construction. Everyday people don’t know what detours are available to them. This makes traffic that much worse.
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Johnny Walker Dec 08, 2023 02:51pm
Provide food, shelter, health, education, jobs etc. This is what is required in this blighted country. Space projects for this poor/looted country is a Utopian dream.
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Hilarious Dec 08, 2023 03:49pm
@Rebirth, not sure if you were being sarcastic or what, but the part where SUPARCO exists, and has done very little to nothing over the decades should be clue enough, sure we or at least I may not be a genius by far but the part where you feel that just because they start a new “space program” and suddenly they’ll have satellites or the technology at hand that they’ll then use for agriculture and traffic was nothing short of comedic irony, they have the technology now, sure it’s not homemade but it’s readily available to use for the things mentioned. Also, GPS is Global, it’s in the name, Global Positioning System, it’s readily available to anyone with a smartphone and a 5th grade education to use, gives accurate traffic info, detours, traffic jams etc. Let’s start with smaller things, like stopping the awam from peeing on every corner they see.
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Ali Malik Dec 08, 2023 09:27pm
Was due consultation done? We dont think so? Who will get the NOC & the approval from the powerful houses. Till this clause is deleted, it is impossible to get new entrants into this country.
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HH Dec 09, 2023 12:43pm
Completely unresearched reporting, this is neither the first ever space policy nor have any relevant stakeholders been invited to consult. Political gimmick enabled by yellow journalism.
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Nayeem Akhter Dec 09, 2023 06:02pm
What about Pakistan and Karachi policy?
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Fayaz Dec 09, 2023 07:47pm
Actually wt previous institution did in almost 35 yr of its injection, again the same person will be deputed with different name
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