Ahead of the historic launch of the 100th satellite by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Pakistan raised objections over the launch of the satellite, claiming that its dual nature, both military and civilian, could pose a “negative impact on the regional strategic stability”. Addressing reporters, spokesperson of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan Dr Mohammad Faisal stated that since all space technologies are “inherently dual use” and hence could be employed for military purposes as well, the Times of India reported. “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,” Faisal said. He further said that the dual nature of the satellite could result in a a build-up of destabilizing military capabilities”, the daily reported. He reportedly added, “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.” The Indian Space Research Organisation launched its first satellite of 2018, the PSLV-C40 carrying Cartosat-2 series satellite on Friday. The “PSLV-C40/Cartosat-2 Series Satellite Mission” was launched on Friday, Jan 12, 2018 at 09:29am (IST) from the First Launch Pad (FLP) of Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota.
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