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India calls satellite 'gift to South Asia', Pakistan says no thanks

Updated May 06, 2017 11:10am

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The Indian Space Research Organisation's GSAT-9 on board the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F09), launches in Sriharikota in the state of Andhra Pradesh. —AFP
The Indian Space Research Organisation's GSAT-9 on board the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F09), launches in Sriharikota in the state of Andhra Pradesh. —AFP

India launched a communications satellite on Friday for its smaller neighbours to share, part of its efforts to build goodwill in the region and counter Chinese influence, but arch-rival Pakistan said it would stay away from the project.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who came to office promising to strengthen ties with neighbours such as Sri Lanka, Nepal and even Pakistan, has called the satellite a gift to south Asia.

“The successful launch of South Asia Satellite is a historic moment. It opens up new horizons of engagement,” he said soon after an Indian-made rocket carrying the satellite lifted off from the Sriharikota space centre in southern India.

So far Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and the Maldives have signed up to make use of the satellite. Pakistan said it was working on its own satellite and did not join.

The South Asia Satellite will offer participating countries television services and communications technology for bank ATMs and e-governance, and may even serve as a backup for cellular networks, especially in places where the terrestrial connectivity is weak, the Indian foreign ministry said.

India is trying to push back against China's expanding involvement in infrastructure building across south Asia, by offering financial and technical aid of its own.

Modi said the leaders of the participating countries had joined him in a video conference to mark the launch.

Ties with Pakistan remain difficult, with the Indian government this week accusing Pakistan of killing and then mutilating the bodies of two soldiers on patrol on the disputed Kashmir border, provoking calls for retribution. Pakistan denied the accusation.

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Logical dude May 05, 2017 07:01pm

Proud of ISRO for accomplishing this, Pakistan could have joined this & that could have increased co-operation.

SODAWATERBOTTLEOPENERWALA May 05, 2017 07:02pm

Today the entire south asia( except haters club) starts a new league of advancement toward 21st century and beyond .all PEACE loving nations have participated .thanks to narendra bhai modiji .

Faisal May 05, 2017 07:02pm

We dont care about India, lets focus on our own development. We are capable to doing without any one.

Manoj May 05, 2017 07:04pm

Congrats India !!! Best of Luck Pak

surya kant May 05, 2017 07:04pm

Congratulations to all participating nation. It will go a long way in building communication network between citizens in far and further places. Great milestone of co operation and co existence.

PRANJALI May 05, 2017 07:05pm

Modi`S india shows how SABKA -SAATH ,SUBKA -VIKAS can benefit all the neighbouring countries ,

ANZ May 05, 2017 07:05pm

Wow. Modi is the best i know so far.

Reality_check May 05, 2017 07:06pm

Is this not a colonical mindset? okay to accept anything from China - but not from India,

Bela Badmaash May 05, 2017 07:09pm

Congrats India. An important milestone indeed.

A.JABBAR KERALA May 05, 2017 07:09pm

Good job India.

Jummani May 05, 2017 07:11pm

With so many satellite options available why should we go for India.

Good that Pakistan turned down Indian invitation.

MUHAMMAD May 05, 2017 07:12pm

As a Pakistani, I would like to congratulate India. I am impressed with this feat and many others taken by India in recent time in terms of science and technology. This satellite for sure is an amazing step and the south Asian countries took the right decision by going for it. I hope Pakistan creates a satellite too. It would have been great if Pakistan would have joined it too but the current tense scenario and distrust between both the govt cant allow this to happen. I wish peace prevails in our life times and we all benefit from it. Amen

Manoj May 05, 2017 07:12pm

@Faisal Good when ??

HINDu May 05, 2017 07:14pm

Heights of negative prescription. Keep going

M. Emad May 05, 2017 07:14pm

Bangladesh is in the Indian satellite 'gift to South Asia'. Also, Bangladesh will launch its first satellite, Bangabondhu-1, in December this year.

pashtoon May 05, 2017 07:16pm

We don't need your satellite enjoy your satellite

Trumped May 05, 2017 07:16pm

This is not about 'We can do without you', its about what can we do with you all. The fact is that India is doing what Pak has not done, not even conceived anything co-operative for south-asia.

Sachin arora May 05, 2017 07:16pm

@MUHAMMAD agree bro pray for Pakistan

From India.

Khan May 05, 2017 07:17pm

@Logical dude No THANKS

Bela Badmaash May 05, 2017 07:17pm

@SODAWATERBOTTLEOPENERWALA The 21st century started about 17 years ago so maybe you are still 17 years behind which makes you think that this is a big achievement for the wannabe super power. Pakistan does not depend on India for anything except the daily dose of hate (thanks to Modiji). You are welcome to play big brother to Nepal, Afghanistan, Maldives etc. Our big brother is the real BIG brother of the region, if you know what I mean.

Jummani May 05, 2017 07:19pm

@Manoj You think Pakistan is a place of sand and dust ?? All this development in Pakistan costs too much and with limited resources Pakistan has done fairly good. Launching a satellite is not a barometer...it is one country's priority to spend the money on whatever it thinks is best.

All i see is Indians think that we are a third rate country...we have our own problems to handle which is being taken care of...it takes time. Have patience....you will see Pakistan become one of the giants in this region...wait for a few years more.

Neutral May 05, 2017 07:20pm

That is what difference between India and china, china is way advance in space technologies but never bother about neighboring countries and India launches satellite for its whole neighboring countries.

Insaafian May 05, 2017 07:20pm

you threaten our students, insult our athletes, ban our artist and refuse to play cricket and talk about sub ka saath and sab ka vikas. If this isn't two faced, i am not sure what is. Tell which rival countries share communication equipment? Smart choice by the Pakistanis and for all the other stooges, good luck...

saudagar May 05, 2017 07:22pm

All the leaders of south asian countries have congratulated ,thanked,blessed and are mutually full of gratitude for indian courtesy ! modiji you are awesome !

Alba May 05, 2017 07:23pm

@Faisal .... Now Pakistan has something to prove.

Mushirk May 05, 2017 07:23pm

Pakistan could have joined this mission. Regional connectivity gonna get a major boost because of this.

Saleem May 05, 2017 07:28pm

Each and every South Asian Country Joined the Program.

SK May 05, 2017 07:31pm

@HINDu - Hey you! What's negative about a country that has set out to develop its own infrastructure? If it is a moment of pride for India to launch the satellite, why shouldn't it also be the same for Pakistan to aspire to it? India's gift is great - for those who value it.

Bhujang Patil May 05, 2017 07:34pm

Pakistan is working on their own Geo-stationary satellite?
I wish them the best of luck.

sid May 05, 2017 07:34pm

@Jummani Are you counting " suparco " as one of those many option ?

Saif zulfiqar May 05, 2017 07:36pm

@Logical dude, Dudes are always dudes.

Zahid Haroon May 05, 2017 07:38pm

Excellent reply to India from Pakistan. If they dont participate in saarc, if they dont play cricket if they dont grant visa to any Pakistani sportsman and last but not least if they sent terrorist like kulboshan jadave to destabilize Pakistan than why should Pakistan spend its money to make indian project successful. Terrorism and goodwill gesture can't go together.

Saif zulfiqar May 05, 2017 07:38pm

If India really want to give gift, Kashmir for Kashmiris will be the best gift.

pakistani May 05, 2017 07:39pm

Thanks but no thanks. We will get our own.

Rituraj India May 05, 2017 07:40pm

@Faisal Really?? We have not seen anything like this by pakistan so far. Learn to appreciate atleast. Its for all South Asian countries.

N.S May 05, 2017 07:41pm

Earlier ISRO lost the track of Chandrayaan 1 mission and NASA spotted the satellite recently wandering in space as a useless object.

Launching satellite is different from keeping the communication with them. Also most of the MARS pictures and data is coming from NASA mission, not a single picture worth looking at from India MARS mission.

Rituraj India May 05, 2017 07:43pm

Really a good step for those progressive nation who really want development.

Gaurav May 05, 2017 07:43pm

Later this month india is going to launch its heaviest rocket gslv mk3 , which can even put heaviest satellite of weight 8000 kg. So no requirement of any foreign space agency for satellite launching and will get a huge market share of satellite launch due to cheap launching...and yes we are working on reusable rocket too. Keep finger crossed.

Raja Farhat Abbas May 05, 2017 07:43pm

@SODAWATERBOTTLEOPENERWALA ...Hate comes from you and your Modi ,your snide comment proves that!!.

Ismail Badat May 05, 2017 07:46pm

@Faisal - Really? Then why is China (to name only one country) helping us out, in a big way? New definition of "without anyone"?

Concerned May 05, 2017 07:47pm

@M. Emad we Indian wish Bangladesh good luck. Bangla people are most progressive in South Asia

Gaurav May 05, 2017 07:48pm

Pakistan could have gained a lot from india if they had friendly relations with india since 1947

Raja Farhat Abbas May 05, 2017 07:48pm

@Insaafian ..Good comment i must say

jamshed May 05, 2017 07:48pm

@Bhujang Patil Yes we more well wisher like you to succeed in our efforts to build our own satellites. Independence in such critical area would be a blessing.

Gaurav May 05, 2017 07:50pm

Did you notice something?? China provides loan on high interest rates ...india provided this for free to all its neighbours. Even said that they will help in setting up ground stations for free. This is called real help

Ismail Badat May 05, 2017 07:50pm

@pakistani . Most sane answer.

Joy Prakash Gupta May 05, 2017 07:51pm

@MUHAMMAD Very Good & Balanced Response.

Rituraj India May 05, 2017 07:57pm

@N.S Do u know chandrayan helps nasa to discover water in moon. Search on google.

far behind May 05, 2017 07:58pm

India is still far far behind many European countries, India needs to catch up.

Khanm May 05, 2017 08:02pm

Wonder why... Spend the money that u save on education n development. Is it just merely an ego..folks..Nobody sees anybody truly but all through the flaws of their own egos. That is the way we all see ...each other in life. Vanity, fear, desire, competition-- all such distortions within our own egos-- condition our vision of those in relation to us. Add to those distortions to our own egos the corresponding distortions in the egos of others, and you see how cloudy the glass must become through which we look at each other. That's how it is in all living relationships except when there is that rare case of two people who love intensely enough to burn through all those layers of opacity and see each other's naked hearts.

cyber Bhai May 05, 2017 08:02pm

@pashtoon You are probably right, May be you dont need.

Anand May 05, 2017 08:03pm

Reactions are in the expected lines.

Some are proud. Some are congratulatory. Some wondering and jealous inside and showing false pride outside.

Welcome to India and Pakistan.

Jummani May 05, 2017 08:03pm

@sid Suparco ?? where did Suparco come in between ?? We are talking of satellite options my dear and there are so many available with spare capacity.

India has offered its neighbors for free. Is anything free in this world ?? They definitely will monitor everything as they will have control and sooner or later use that information for their own benefit which definitely will be against the other country.

India can fool countries like Bhutan and Nepal who don't have options but to depend on India....we want things on our terms.

N.S May 05, 2017 08:10pm

@Rituraj India There are so many reports of Indian satellites and missions failed and they are simply UFO's in space, with no communication with ISRO and anywhere else.

Here the 450 crore tag is huge for this satellite and launch and SARC poor countries has contributed to the cost, Pakistan has rightly declined it, has three satellites in the space and needed a separate one.

Chances of turning this into a unidentified flying object in no time is real...as happened many times earlier with India.

Govind May 05, 2017 08:11pm

Pakistan should have accepted this guesture. The better way to compete with India would be offer something else which India does not have. We have fought a lot for ego. Let's fight for development .

Bharat May 05, 2017 08:13pm

@N.S Chandrayan had already completed its mission this for your kind information

ravi May 05, 2017 08:20pm

@N.S ,I really appreciate your rocjet science knowledge..all these satellites are beighbours envy and owners pride..hence you wont be able to see the images clearly...!

Anusri Tripathi May 05, 2017 08:22pm

@Bela Badmaash best wishes for the real big brother's company.

ROHIT PANDEY May 05, 2017 08:23pm

This 'space diplomacy' act is the FIRST of its kind.

The former USSR trained foreign cosmonauts and put them into space.

This particular satellite has a lifespan of 12 years and is the extension of 'sabkha saath, sabkha vikas' philosophy and an attempt to curb the Chinese influence.

Well done, India.

Rituraj India May 05, 2017 08:23pm

@N.S Do u atleast know about space industry and how much money india is making from ISRO. Do u think countries do space program for fun.

saudagar May 05, 2017 08:24pm

@N.S sir i fully understand your sentiments you feel now !please relax and chill !

suraj May 05, 2017 08:25pm

@N.S The total cost on Satellite comes is 450 Crore INR and this is total beared by India, even a single penny is not taken from other SAARC friendly countries. and FYI. there is TAG line is "INDIA gift to its SAARCH friendly nations". I hope you now get the meaning of gift. so come up from your negative mind and accept the reality.

TrueIndianPatriot May 05, 2017 08:26pm

@Trumped well said

Elli May 05, 2017 08:28pm

@Insaafian well said brother

Agree May 05, 2017 08:32pm

@Khanm Agree with you sir, without ego, desire and fear people don't do anything, its due to ego, desire and fear people perform actions in this world, these actions may seem to be imperfect.

possessive May 05, 2017 08:33pm

No thanks! Pakistan can launch such type of satellites.

Av er age May 05, 2017 08:34pm

Pak has 5 satellite of his own. Why join hate club?

N.S May 05, 2017 08:37pm

@Bharat This paucity of instrumentation severely limits the extent and quality of Mangalyaan's observations. It cannot add significantly to what is already known about Martian topography or atmosphere.

The Global Surveyor took over 600 million readings of surface elevations. Mangalyaan cannot even take a tiny fraction of this.

The US Curiosity -- which landed and roved on Mars -- could not find methane even in the parts-per-million range. It would be a miracle if Mangalyaan, a distant orbiter, finds methane traces. Methane's presence would possibly, but not necessarily, suggest the existence of biological life.

Rituraj India May 05, 2017 08:37pm

@N.S I can see u can be a good story writers. Dont know who told u and where u find mangalyan became UFO. Read national geography magazine u will find photos from mangalyan time to time.even Nat Geo magazine published photos of mangalyan on their cover page. And I think u have very less knowledge about space industry. U think that one cannot make money from space industry. Read about private company spaceX. Do u think they r doing social work by launching satellites of others at loss. I really salute ur knowledge

srini May 05, 2017 08:39pm

@far behind Agreed, But definately far ahead of many countries. Thanks to Indian policies.

Accept and respect May 05, 2017 08:40pm

Let us Indians accept and respect that Pakistan doesn't want to join the SAARC satellite for reasons of its own.

N.S May 05, 2017 08:41pm

@Rituraj India No less than former ISRO chairman G Madhavan Nair has criticised the Mars mission as 'useless' and a 'showpiece event' meant to cover up the GSLV programme's glitches and failures. He believes ISRO should concentrate on 'practical missions' instead of 'spending money on nothing'. According to him, no 'new technology is involved' in Mangalyaan.

Put simply, India's Mars mission isn't about science. It is about creating a spectacle. ISRO's only possible gain from it would be to develop familiarity with deep space communication technology used to command the spacecraft.

Given the long distance between Earth and Mars, it would take six to 42 minutes (depending on Mangalyaan's position) for radio signals to travel to Mission Control.

N.S May 05, 2017 08:41pm

@Rituraj India Even here, ISRO will be dependent on help from NASA's network of satellites and antennae based in Spain, Australia and the US to provide navigation and tracking support. Such cooperation has been in existence since the 2008 launch of the Chandrayaan-I moon orbiter, when ISRO flew two NASA instruments.

KJ May 05, 2017 08:44pm

@N.S : Why are you taking joy in trashing India's achievement?

Rajesh May 05, 2017 08:46pm

India is among lowest cost Space Technology provider and a world power in Space Tecnology.

Harmony-1© May 05, 2017 08:46pm

@Reality_Check : The 'reality check' is that one is a friendly country and the other is not. And that one country can next minute just threaten to turn off the switch (just like water or cricket etc).

a May 05, 2017 08:51pm

Good response.

VINEETH May 05, 2017 08:59pm

@N.S In case you were not aware, ISRO had stated upfront that Mangalyaan is a technology demonstrator, a forerunner to more science missions that would follow suit, and they woukd consider it as success if it makes to Martian orbit. Accordingly it carried only rudimentary scientific instruments developed in-house that did not weigh more than 15 kg. Any science data or images it would return would be considered a bonus. The mission was a grand success and went beyond their wildest expectations. ISRO has now started works on a follow-on Mars orbiter, a real science mission this time, for 2020 launch window. A parallel Venus orbiter mission is in the works targeted for 2023, and they have recently invited proposals from Indian scientific community to decide on the payloads. As for the comments of former Chairman of ISRO, he was merely venting his frustration of getting caught in a corruption case and is bitter that the next Chairman did not support him.

Harmony-1© May 05, 2017 09:00pm

@Insaafian - Comment of the day...spot on!

Saikat Bandyopadhyay May 05, 2017 09:17pm

@far behind European counties are ahead only because they co-operate among themselves and with US.

dk May 05, 2017 10:12pm

Thank you, Pakistan for not accepting the offer. Let's give it to other countries who need more bandwidth. Thank you again, Pakistan.

Sanky May 05, 2017 10:45pm

I feel Pakistan just missed the bus! It was not about anyone's ego. It's a common sense that when everything is wrong never miss an opportunity which can make things right! Probably now it's Pakistan's chance to take one step forward.

Qureshi May 05, 2017 11:30pm

Peace and friendship is prerequisite for prosperity in South Asia. All nations except one is hindrance to peace. Poverty , over population, terrorism, water and energy shortages are common problems and they all should be working together to solve them. Pakistan has decided to march on a different tune because of ego and self imposed complexes. I wish Pakistan will reconsider its position otherwise it further isolate itself. I am of Pakistani origin in America and will like to see Pakistan & Pakistanis to review and list any contribution to peace or for betterment of humanity and its own people. I will be happy to admire them.

indian May 05, 2017 11:40pm

@far behind ... bro go google , india is 9th biggest economy in world and 3rd in asia , you really don`t know what are you talking about .

Sid May 06, 2017 12:13am

@Gaurav well said.

Patel.L.A.USA May 06, 2017 12:45am

@Faisal good luck your country does not have money and skill power to do anything. Face the fact.

Sunny May 06, 2017 01:20am

@Insaafian You are just awesome...

SUDHAKAR, USA May 06, 2017 01:30am

@N.S : With your intelligence levels, one might mistake you for a rocket scientist.

Ash patel May 06, 2017 02:23am

@MUHAMMAD

I wish your wish comes true, and Pakistan focuses on development of country to lead to peace, prosperity for not only current generation, but future generations. Please remember, every country controls her own destiny if the people and leaders have the vision and courage to shed past, no matter how horrible it is.

POLAR May 06, 2017 02:38am

@Saif zulfiqar No Thanks.

Sunny May 06, 2017 02:42am

All others apart from pakistan have their priorities in welfare of their people..

Justice May 06, 2017 02:47am

@Insaafian If we you say that we are rival and cannot share, then why are we under one umbrella if SAARC and pretend we want to share and cooperate. BTW, there is no sharing of Pakistani communication equipment involved - only sharing the satellite resources

Wasif May 06, 2017 02:55am

Will this satellite also show the live feeds of the inhuman crimes happening in Kashmir??????

ViJay B. May 06, 2017 03:04am

@pashtoon you say "We don't need your satellite enjoy your satellite." A classic case of sour grapes perhaps?

Chicken Changezi May 06, 2017 03:37am

For some people,'knowledge is power' but few people believes 'ignorance is a bliss'.

Same is the case between India and Pakistan

Aman May 06, 2017 04:44am

pakistan should make its own satellites and launching rocket, no borrowed technology ,case is closed

SDF May 06, 2017 05:00am

@NS I enjoy reading your envious posts. No wonder ISRO's order book is full of foreign satellite launch requests. It must be because ISRO sucks at what it does. I have many friends in JPL and all of them praise what ISRO does. No need for your "complements"

Pongi May 06, 2017 05:13am

We dont need such satellite. We will have satellites installed on CPEC roads. Wait and see.

akilesh May 06, 2017 05:35am

@Khanm sattalite launch and its multiple benifit is a billion dollar business.

dream May 06, 2017 06:18am

@Jummani congratz man but use money wisely not crab another landscape

dream May 06, 2017 06:20am

@Zahid Haroon its full of free of cost mission to other countries

Ajaya Dutt May 06, 2017 06:36am

What I found most impressive in India was quality of education in most remote village of remote areas, like Himachal Pardesh. What I find most impressive is that more and more schedule caste students are getting into IIT, AIIMS, IIM without benefit of reservation.

what I found most impressive while visting Shimla was that highest IAS officer was a daughter of Rickshaw Puller, who sacrificed his own little pleasures to get her daughter educated.

RAj May 06, 2017 07:16am

@M. Emad That's wonderful news. Happy to see everyone working hard to make their country better.

RAj May 06, 2017 07:18am

@Saif zulfiqar
That's the problem. How stupid can they be to reject development and go back to dark age.

Hunk May 06, 2017 07:39am

@Jummani hahahah good luck brother....may be that few years is not next few centuries.... ur economy is such that it is running under begged money from america and china n ofcourse IMF...so hope ur people will be prosperous soon...goid luck..

amir_indian May 06, 2017 07:59am

Prime Minister Narendra Modi opened a new chapter in neighbourhood diplomacy by launching a South Asia satellite on Friday. It's the fulfilment of a promise made in 2014, but it is the larger progress towards regional integration that might show lasting benefits.

amir_indian May 06, 2017 08:06am

Pakistan had opted out saying "India was not willing to develop the project on a collaborative basis". Though Pakistan has five satellites in space, it lacks heavy duty launchers and satellite fabrication facilities, and its space programme is highly dependent on China.

sangram May 06, 2017 08:09am

@Neutral You are not correct bro..China is not ahead of India in Space Technology...India is ahead of China in IT and Space Technology...

amir_indian May 06, 2017 08:10am

Fulfilling a commitment Prime Minister Narendra Modi had made at the Kathmandu SAARC summit in 2014, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Friday launched a communications satellite that will serve the needs of all countries in South Asia, except Pakistan which opted out of the project.

amir_indian May 06, 2017 08:11am

Each of the other six leaders also spoke, thanking India for the satellite and stressing on the need to cooperate more closely on development issues.

amir_indian May 06, 2017 08:11am

The satellite carries KU-band transponders which India’s neighbours can make use of — free of charge — for different needs. A communication satellite can be used for a variety of purposes like broadcast services, Tele-medicine and Tele-education, banking networks, and direct-to-home television.

amir_indian May 06, 2017 08:11am

What makes the GSAT-9 stand out from the rest is the fact that it is actually an exercise in neighbourhood diplomacy, the kind of which has not been attempted earlier.

amir_indian May 06, 2017 08:12am

In the region, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are the only two countries to have launched communication satellites. Both took the help of China. Afghanistan has leased a part of French telecommunication satellite, Eutelsat 48D, for its use, while Bangladesh is planning to launch its own satellite, Bangabandhu-1, later this year.

amir_indian May 06, 2017 08:13am

The South Asia Satellite is, therefore, also an attempt by ISRO to look for newer markets for its services in the immediate neighbourhood. ISRO has so far launched satellites from 23 countries, but none from the region.

Mr Satyabrat D Singh May 06, 2017 08:16am

@N.S it used to when India had no navigation system but now we do have. It's about moving in right direction and taking help in the development from wherever it comes. Mars mission had certain objectives which you won't get because technology and education is not the priority in your country.

Observer May 06, 2017 08:25am

@Faisal Correct sir. There some shiming examples how Pakistan is progressing on its own. Electricity by China, Roads by China, garbage cleaning by China and Turkey, Steel mills by China, ports by China Railways by China. Yeah you can do on your own. Best luck.

Lohpurush May 06, 2017 08:26am

Pakistan should encourage the scientists to build the satellite and use the Isro launch pads as they are currently most economical and efficient. Pakistan missed opportunity here. Talks should resume and Pakistan should engage it's industry with Indian counterparts to improve proficiency in pharma, IT , auto , space arena.

Rishi May 06, 2017 08:27am

@Jummani it was free offer

jamshed May 06, 2017 08:34am

@Gaurav If Bangladesh can be considered an example, a yardstick of India/BD positive relationship then Pakistan has not missed any thing. This could have been 46 years of continuous cooperation with tangible results without interruption from Pakistan or China. But the record is nothing short of dismal as not much has changed and if any thing BD on her own and without Indian help is now India's fierce competitor in textiles. Only recently India sold $500.00 million of obsolete arms (with credit line of course) that no one would want. Same is the case of Nepal even worse off and has been poorest of the poor in the region. So where is India with its expertise ? And I have not even mentioned SriLanka its relationship and checkered history with India !!If any country that will bring change in those countries it is China. Recent $8.4 billion in economic aid to Nepal must be an eye opener for India.

Harsha Subbaiah May 06, 2017 08:35am

you lot are right. You dont need it.

Hukumat May 06, 2017 08:40am

@Jummani :Best of luck!

DEep May 06, 2017 08:53am

Its good that Pak did not join.

Himanshu May 06, 2017 08:53am

@MUHAMMAD Hats of for your Comments Sir !!! I wish people having vision like you prevail in majority in Pakistan..

jamshed May 06, 2017 08:58am

@Govind Pakistan is not in a position to offer much to India. With deep animosity and stage set things will only deteriorate.Poisoning of political climate by BJP it has thrown things years behind. In normal trade India would be biggest beneficiary as our market is quite big (200 million) and our consumer is quality conscious. Trade with India is bad for Pakistan's economy.

James micheal May 06, 2017 09:07am

@jamshed Why can't Pakistan can use it Our Indian market Is of 100+ crore in which at least 30 % is affluent middle class It will be win win game Personally I think fauji foundation can get a good market in India It can create mutual confidence and trust

Koshur May 06, 2017 09:09am

@Zahid Haroon good point..now apply it in reverse also..

King May 06, 2017 09:12am

@Observer but still they want to compete with India

EBay May 06, 2017 09:22am

Pakistan does not needs television services and communications technology for bank ATMs and e-governance, and may even serve as a backup for cellular networks, especially in places where the terrestrial connectivity is weak.

kevin May 06, 2017 09:29am

Where is Pakistans promised Satellite ? China not help.

kevin May 06, 2017 09:29am

@Faisal CPEC the game changer for China.

kevin May 06, 2017 09:31am

450 Crores Satellite for our neighbors. Very good and that way all over good neighbors should be engaged with India.

Nepali May 06, 2017 09:34am

Thanks India. Lets move ahead without Pakistan. Pakistan has China to support. All other countries have to pave their destiny on their own. Lets move ahead.

Booza May 06, 2017 09:38am

Indias gift to neighboring countries to listen into their communications and data...amazing!

kevin May 06, 2017 09:39am

@Jummani But where the Pakistan satellite ? Still Chinese hired transponder you are using for everything. When can we expect Chinese build Pakistan satellite in the orbit ?

kevin May 06, 2017 09:41am

@M. Emad Very good. You are a fast developing economy and you need it urgently for further growth. Make it fast Bangladesh 1 and wish you all success.

amin May 06, 2017 09:41am

India should put all their poor people in Space with this technology.

MUbin May 06, 2017 09:43am

@Faisal yes CPEC too..

Aftab May 06, 2017 09:47am

China will give us sattelite without asking. Long live China our all weather friend

kevin May 06, 2017 09:47am

@Neutral How China is way ahead of space ? Their marsh mission is failed and India launches Mangalyan successfully years ago.

mansee May 06, 2017 09:50am

@pakistani when?

Nitin May 06, 2017 09:51am

@MUHAMMAD Very neutral & positive comments.

Ram May 06, 2017 09:52am

@N.S ISRO has more success rate than Nasa and launched satellites for several countries. Only a handful of countries have capability to launch satellite into geosynchronous orbit. Do you know what it means? Does Pakistan has this capability? Learn to appreciate others true achievements dude.

Sarak chaap May 06, 2017 09:55am

Resolve Kashmir first than we can cooperate to the extent beyond your imagination

citizen May 06, 2017 09:57am

Indians gifted just 10 million dollars worth satellite and gloating ..Our all time oil friend Saudia gifted us 1.5 billion dollars cash just like that..Indians beware..we got super rich friends who will do anything for us..

Pune-India May 06, 2017 09:58am

@N.S: India is the first country who discovered water on the Moon surface..google it..India made a World record sending 104 satellites in the space of various countries even of USA..google it

kevin May 06, 2017 09:58am

@far behind You are right ? India is growing and many countries are ahead and we accept it. But we are trying to catch up.

Ip May 06, 2017 09:59am

Congrats India. Pakistan is fully capable of Launching its own satellite.

Abdul Awaal May 06, 2017 10:01am

@Ismail Badat China is helping itself not Pakistan.

vorshal May 06, 2017 10:02am

@jamshed - In economics they say, nobody does anything for anyone for free. There is some motivation, hidden, transparent or just well defined and stated. You can trace motive in India's gesture, and the same motive with China or any other well-developed nation doing favours. But when it comes to making a sizeable investment (e.g. CPEC like investments and guaranteed returns to the investors), you are literally selling your country to China, you can choose to call it an iron brother or a friend today and foe tomorrow. It is good to see Pakistan chose a short-term policy of development to hoodwink the masses. We wish Pakistan a very good luck!

Amit May 06, 2017 10:03am

@MUHAMMAD I am from India an for I read dawn news and readers comments everyday. I am impressed with your comment. Let's hope there are more people like us in the world who can appreciate the good things and can condemn the bad things irrespective of boundaries

F/o Zak May 06, 2017 10:08am

@N.S instead of depending on NAsA,why dnt you launch yourselves into space and track our Indian satellites.world knows what you are capable of launching and even you know it pretty well :)))))

SOORY May 06, 2017 10:08am

@Faisal bhai you are over confidence on china CPEC.

Vijay,salem May 06, 2017 10:09am

@Jummani Oh NO!Don't say CPEC again :-).Don't you have anything else to talk about ?

Raj KUMAR May 06, 2017 10:12am

@jamshed if i go by yr logic and leave every thing else,you had uninterrupted relations with china (enemys enemy is my friend) for decades,why could not progress?

Bharatiya Australian May 06, 2017 10:16am

Congratulations Bharat leading the way in co-operation and peace.

One can see the clutches of China on which Namibia is getting stripped off its resources and accruing Chinese debt with Only Chinese working in a Projects. This was headline article in New York Times yesterday. One can predict the future of other countries who continue this type of colonial mindset. Chanakya says " one should learn from others mistakes as it will help you to progress fast without much losses".

Akram May 06, 2017 10:17am

India launches satellites but after the launch we never hear about them again. Why?

Rationality May 06, 2017 10:19am

@Zahid Haroon we can also level such accustaions on Pakistan bro but lets leave it and cooperate on some issues at least.

SODAWATERBOTTLEOPENERWALA May 06, 2017 10:20am

@Akram learn,be wise and understand ! one does not HEAR satellites .one acknowledges the info .

Naveen May 06, 2017 10:20am

@N.S there was nothing contributed by other countries... It was a gift, not a business deal.

Devashish Dipake May 06, 2017 10:21am

As an Indian I am happy that pakistan is not involved in this project. Thank you Pakistan for staying out of this

Nahrad Muni May 06, 2017 10:24am

@Akram : Are you expecting a daily report..?

Zia May 06, 2017 10:25am

Are u kidding me! Giving the enemy control of our communication life line. It's a Trojan Horse. Pakistan should ban all products from India.

amir_indian May 06, 2017 10:25am

PM Modi called the successful launch of ISRO’s GSLV-F09, carrying the South Asia Satellite (GSAT-9), from at Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, a “gift to SAARC nations.” The prime minister further thanked the leaders of the neighbouring nations – Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani, Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, President of Maldives Abdulla Yameen, Nepal Prime Minister Prachanda and Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena – who joined the satellite launch event via video conferencing along with Modi. Pakistan was not a part of the project.

Qatil May 06, 2017 10:26am

@Akram Because you don't want to hear.

NUKE pak May 06, 2017 10:28am

Pakistan working on its own satellite... What a joke

kevin May 06, 2017 10:28am

@Khanm India is spending 4 % of GDP (Google it) and Pakistan below 2 %. 4 % Indian GDP is huge amount and enough for our education. For your information Madrasa learning is not the only education and satellite is very good boost for education. For your information we have sent 3 satallite (Edusat) for education purpose.

kevin May 06, 2017 10:31am

@N.S India is democratic country of 1.25 billion people and anybody can say anything. If Madhavan Nair is our great scientist said his view and many scientist have other view and we sent the satellite successfully.

Ramesh Nakhwa May 06, 2017 10:33am

@Bhujang Patil can't start even a coal fired electricity plant. Thinking of satellite?????

D.K.PAMNANI May 06, 2017 10:33am

Satellite will be given by China to Pakistan under CPEC.

Nn May 06, 2017 10:38am

@Faisal but you have done practically every thing in science n technology with the help pf the Chinese. They are not others?

N.S May 06, 2017 10:40am

Pakistan has launched a satellite Badr-1 in 1990, can be Google searched. It was a locally developed satellite, Badr-B was launched in 2001, again indigenous and launched through Kazakhistan.

PakSat-1R is an advanced geosynchronous and communications satellite that was launched in 2011, costing more than 220 million USD. Pakistan doesn't has the PSLv or GSLV launching infra but can make and operate satellite on its own.

Rafiq May 06, 2017 10:41am

@amin Arrogance at its best, what else you can say?

saudagar May 06, 2017 10:42am

@MUHAMMAD ,thanks for all but no thanks ! india is advancing at warp speed ! just to tell you ground realities congress ruled india was LPG-fied at 50 % but 3 years of MODI rule the LPG connections are touching 77 % of households ! by 2019 every indian home will be free from smoke ! sorry bro but please -please count our cooperation in ANY single field OUT !

Ashish Mishra May 06, 2017 10:44am

as an Indian and a common human being I am always happy when find any thing that is good for common human being.

moe May 06, 2017 10:44am

India bans everything from pakistan, like artist, sports, music etc but want to share this satellite wah what a double standards....

Ashish Mishra May 06, 2017 10:45am

It is a fact that the entire south Asia is one of the populous place of the planet. And simultenious it is one of largest talented resource pool of the world

Canman May 06, 2017 10:46am

Why are 70% of the Indians over here so bitter about CPEC? Lol! It's like after every two comments they post something negative about CPEC. Like move on guys, you have been brainwashed by your media. CPEC is not half as bad as you guys want us to think. Hahaha prosperity is within reach. CPEC the game changer, you can watch it from your new satellite :)

Udayan Mitra May 06, 2017 10:46am

As an Indian American, congratulations to India and best wishes to all the South Asian nations that decided to participate in this impressive infrastructure enhancing project. As for Pakistan, it is really their choice; all nations are equal sovereigns, free to make their own decisions.

Ashish Mishra May 06, 2017 10:46am

I am taling about common man of the South Asia. We need roti kapda and makan.

ajay May 06, 2017 10:46am

After CPEC is complete, every single building will have its own satellite. There will be no mobile towers required, every one will have satellite phones.

KAPS May 06, 2017 10:48am

Investment in science is POD for coming future. I hope India continues its path and take all the help from advance countries in terms of scientific advancement so that limited resources can be utilized effectively.I wish the same for PAK , Bangladesh will launch it's satellite this year great news for ASIA

Kishore May 06, 2017 10:52am

@Akram what do you want to hear???

Pradeep Sharma May 06, 2017 10:55am

@Faisal : how about using the same words and principle when it comes to CPEC and China !!?? LOL

Prashant May 06, 2017 10:57am

@Faisal your capacity and capabilities has become historic to obdurate ever since Chinese company has pushed it's cheap products into your market. Be smart faisal..China is only to meant bussiness and nothing else... If not satisfied by my words then ask any of our African brother specially Nigerian...

deepak NZ May 06, 2017 10:57am

@Khan - What no thanks... Satellite is launched

Indian May 06, 2017 11:00am

@Jummani yes after those next few years another few years and another and another..

Balakrishnan May 06, 2017 11:01am

Lot of satisfaction and appreciation from Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Srilanka, Bhutan & Maldives. It will be a great help for those countries. However, Pakistan is comfortable with the support from Chinese. Good step by Mr. Modi for friendly relationship with neighbors. Special offer for Myanmar may be in consideration.

ManMohan May 06, 2017 11:01am

India cares everyone! India integrating everyone ! Proud to be an Indian

kevin May 06, 2017 11:07am

@Akram Why should you know about satellite after launching ? Signals and date will received in different earth stations and our scientist will do balance works. We are getting TV, mobile, weather, environment, education and what ever we want getting. What else we need ?

Balakrishnan May 06, 2017 11:08am

@pakistani . There is no space available to launch new satellites. Congestion already there. Now there will be an international agency to strictly monitor for allotment of space and schedule.

Zealot May 06, 2017 11:10am

No thanks!!!

prafulla May 06, 2017 11:19am

@far behind I agree my friend, Europe is far advanced than rest of the world, there is no comparison between Europe & India.

azadi dil KI May 06, 2017 11:24am

An excellent opportunity of cooperation in space is missed.

kevin May 06, 2017 11:34am

@prafulla But we are trying to catch up at least.

Ss May 06, 2017 11:50am

@Zahid Haroon u haven't read the article correctly, Pakistan was ready to spend, but India refused it, as India was considering it as an gift to south Asian countries.

VINEETH May 06, 2017 11:50am

@Akram What did you want to hear about Indian satellites? Check the website of Indian Meteorology Department. You will find hourly images of India and the surrounding regions taken by weather satellites launched by ISRO. Thousands of TV channels in India transmit their programs using the transponders of Indian communication satellites. You can build a receiver to get the signals of its navigation satellites. Images from Indian Cartosat, Resourcesat, Oceansat and RISAT are routinely used by users in India and across the world for climate studies, resource management, urban planning etc.

VB May 06, 2017 12:02pm

@Jummani - we waited for almost 70 years and the graph indicate that you are moving from positive to negative and still going down........

Rajiv May 06, 2017 12:09pm

@Canman Yep for sure everyone of you will have little satellites around your head, after CPEC (When the heck does that get completed?)

bharat May 06, 2017 12:23pm

I am shocked to know that Pakistan was offered an opportunity. Why cant we call a spade a spade ? Is it wrong to call an enemy by the same ?

AAM AADMI May 06, 2017 12:33pm

@Bela Badmaash An year ago your big brother was US but then US refused to do charity and all of a sudden the hands were spread towards someone else so called big brother (you know what and who I mean). Do something on your own, its not a rocket science to think about it, other than always relying on others. India did things on its own and is growing on its own despite the challenges.

Thakur May 06, 2017 12:49pm

@Zahid Haroon and who is going to loose by not participating?...

TrueIndian May 06, 2017 12:56pm

@Faisal Oh capable of your own,you are nothing without help of China and USA.

Kunal srinet May 06, 2017 02:23pm

@MUHAMMAD perfect! Great thinking buddy...both nations have to understand the value of peace and development. science and technology has that power to uplift the present scenario of the subcontinent. lets make love not war.

True Pakistani May 06, 2017 02:45pm

Offering these services so india can steal the information as it goes through the satellite. Trust india at your own risk.

KK May 06, 2017 02:49pm

Will you offer part of it for use by India or other neighbours.

Harmony-1© May 06, 2017 03:07pm

@Gaurav - "Pakistan could have gained a lot from india if they had friendly relations with india since 1947".

As you are hurling all the mud on Pakistan alone then I'm afraid it’s utterly myopic to say the least. Typical though!

Avidreader May 06, 2017 03:14pm

@Jummani But world is turning to India. You not coming to us does not make any difference. May just satisfy your false ego.

Dd May 06, 2017 03:31pm

@Zahid Haroon 4 yr kind info it's a free gift no charges

Mirza May 06, 2017 04:24pm

@Logical dude what are you talking arevtgey allowing Pakistan to even play cricket you are saying be a partner, think again you got to get your bearings right.

Mirza May 06, 2017 04:25pm

@Faisal I guess you are right

Mirza May 06, 2017 04:26pm

@Reality_check It's the mind set of independent nations.

Mirza May 06, 2017 04:36pm

@Mushirk Who wants to be connected to India

rAVEE May 06, 2017 04:45pm

It is high time for Pakistan to come out of SAARC

Tolerancepays May 06, 2017 04:46pm

@Indian You can keep living in dreams. You never believed that Pakistan would ever be able to build a superior breed of nukes but one morning woke up with your jaws dropped. You have not learnt anything. Think before you say anything about Pakistan

PARAM May 06, 2017 05:19pm

@Mirza Its a satellite not a telephone

cocomo May 06, 2017 05:36pm

look westward. SAARC is dead.

insaaf hussain May 06, 2017 05:45pm

@Jummani : "..With so many satellite options available.." Because the Indian satellite is free and the others cost money. Is there anyone else (including our brother China) which is giving free access to its satellite?

Anupam May 06, 2017 06:01pm

@N.S - Wanted to enlighten you that Chandrayaan-1 was the first satellite to discover the presence of water on the surface of moon. This was later certified by NASA. Hence the discovery of presence of water on the surface of moon is tagged under Chandrayaan-1.

RKM May 06, 2017 06:07pm

@MUHAMMAD Well said Sir

Dinesh - nASHIK May 06, 2017 06:21pm

A Great initiative for regional prosperity by Great PM of Great nation India…! Congratulations ISRO for splendid job once again…!!

DW May 06, 2017 06:43pm

Rejected!

Kara May 06, 2017 07:20pm

Pakistan is left out. Very sad! They have lost credibility in South Asia.

former_proud_paki May 06, 2017 07:24pm

We invited India to join CPEC [future of South Asia] but they refused

japneet bhinder May 06, 2017 07:24pm

Indian and Pakistani people just need a topic to fight, funny thing watching since born.

Wish this ends before i close my eyes.

KJ May 06, 2017 07:41pm

@Akram :"India launches satellites but after the launch we never hear about them again. Why?"

What is your point Akram? Are you suggesting that India is grossly lying about the launch, or that the satellite launching is unsuccessful, or that these satellites are just some dummies? Really Akram, the world is that stupid not to call that out if that was the case? This is not a cricket match where you can tune in and hear a live running commentary about the satellites.

Sojourner May 06, 2017 08:44pm

@Akram -"India launches satellites but after the launch we never hear about them again. "

I don't know if you are trolling around, but if you ask anyone who knows some basic science in your place, you may just understand how a satellite functions. If you cannot find anyone with the scientific knowledge you can always refer to the net

bro! May 06, 2017 10:48pm

@Faisal Seriously...what do you call CPEC then?

ali May 07, 2017 12:21am

NO talks with India until they stop murdering the poor Kashmiris. #freekashmir

enkay May 07, 2017 12:37am

@D.K.PAMNANI : Satellite will be given by China to Pakistan under CPEC. Sir, actually Satellite will be given by China to Pakistan under OBOR.

China-Beijing May 07, 2017 12:53am

@SODAWATERBOTTLEOPENERWALA

Pakistan chose to stay away from it because Pakistan knows clearly that India's motivation is ugly: if a country doesn't want to help its hundreds of millions of poor citizens living in slums who don't even have access to toilets but willing to "help" others, then its purpose is at least immoral.

My suggestion to India is: stop playing those ugly nonsense politics! build some toilets for your poor citizens first !

China-Beijing May 07, 2017 12:58am

As a matter of fact, Pakistan and China have been joining hands in developing and launching satellites, and a few satellites have been launched for Pakistan.

It's no wonder at all that Pakistan shows no interest at all in India's inferior junkie.

China-Beijing May 07, 2017 01:09am

@Reality_check

Because Pakistan and China are allies, and Pakistan and India are enemies.

It's this simple!

SANTOSH S. May 07, 2017 02:01am

@Jummani

Really!!! And how many satellites does your pakistan own?

Salim A May 07, 2017 03:32am

@Govind This is best comment. bravo.

Raj patel May 07, 2017 04:38am

@insaaf hussain at least Pakistan should have access for university education as this is free for all.

Pran May 07, 2017 05:49am

@Faisal

See you after a while and check what you have achieved on your own...uff... I mean with the help of borrowed loans on high interest from the iron brothers. Best wishes.

Baba ladla May 07, 2017 09:09am

I am glad Pakistan rejected. It was out of great discomfort and mere formality that India asked for their participation. But in all honesty, they were the least deserving!

kevin May 07, 2017 10:24am

@Tolerancepays You can paint whatever getting from China and label Made in Pakistan. Another huge loan with 20% interest rate.

akshay May 07, 2017 10:34am

@Tolerancepays No - No. We trust and believe completely in your ability for destruction.

By the way, importing something from China and putting your label on it does not count as innovation.

Zeeas May 07, 2017 11:05am

Why at all do we need to participate in a project which doesnot benefit us.....?

The 1st question comes from the fact that although we lack a space segment, we have been obtaining services through collaboration... the ground segment of SUPARCO is still a good one in Asia.....

2nd... there were conferences in New Dehli.... were the queries of Pakistan even Answered....?

this hype of greek gift needs to be seen as a greek gift.... Nothing else.

riz1 May 07, 2017 11:08am

@Bela Badmaash "Our big brother is the real BIG brother of the region, if you know what I mean." You mean the big bro who drone bombs and attacks your territory at will?? The one who gives millions in USAID, and now stopped the tap.. Not sure how many days left, but , all the very best

riz1 May 07, 2017 11:12am

@pakistani " Thanks but no thanks. We will get our own." Loved the answer given your stellar report card. All the very best.

Rehman May 07, 2017 11:28am

Our satellite programme is superior to India's. We don't need their support or offer.

Satyameva Jayate May 07, 2017 12:03pm

Nothing new. India offered $25 MILLION aid to Pakistan during the last big floods, and Pakistan refused. It was only after some wise advice from the UN that Pakistan accepted India's pledge of $25 MILLION. In terms of actual funding, Indian aid was larger than the aid Pakistan received from France and Italy.

apakmuslim May 07, 2017 12:16pm

We should stop taking lame pride and that does not get anywhere.

sample May 07, 2017 01:43pm

@KJ ... Since Akram's education is the best of Madras, which have no rocket science, but only ghauri science, we can do anything

Raj May 07, 2017 01:44pm

@Jummani Kindly read some technology. Transponder sirt of reflects what is sent from ground. If ground station is in control of a country they decide what they send and how they encode so no one can monitor. THats how satellite business works

aleem May 07, 2017 03:57pm

@China-Beijing Agreed.

ROHIT PANDEY May 07, 2017 09:16pm

The GSLV booster successfully injected the satellite into its orbit.

ISRO had a lot of problems with the GSLV, and it seems to have sorted them out.

Ultimately, the rocket is going to be "human-rated" and will carry the first Indian astronauts into space.The space capsule has already undergone successful testing.

That is the best takeaway for ISRO from this launch, and the Indian Government has successfully deployed its 'space diplomacy' with the satellite.

Ashok Saigal May 07, 2017 09:42pm

@Khanm The satellite provides a means of reaching education to their people through their own programs for FREE for all countries who agreed to be part of it. Those who did not lost the opportunity!

Khwarizm May 07, 2017 11:22pm

Of course we will not put our communication in the hands of the Indians just as Indians would never do the same with Pakistanis. Good to know Pakistan is developing her own tech.

Riaz M M May 08, 2017 12:51am

It is a wise policy not to be dependant on our arch and blood thirsty enemy especially for such vital and sensitive technology.After all we are not a setalite of India

Spaceman May 08, 2017 01:49am

Space is a hoax!

Raj May 08, 2017 03:34am

@Faisal lol... Good one.

Anil Singh May 08, 2017 04:37am

@Rehman So superior, is non-existent! New stealth technology??

Sarak Chaap May 08, 2017 04:42am

@SODAWATERBOTTLEOPENERWALA peace loving seriously...

Zulfeqar- Canada. May 08, 2017 05:35am

Good decision.

SIngh May 08, 2017 06:10am

@Jummani Could you please explain what terms you have in CPEC. It is all China

PANAMA May 08, 2017 09:43am

@SODAWATERBOTTLEOPENERWALA
Just let the biggest democracy in the world give the right of self determination to the people of Kashmir, where the turnout for the recent elections was not more than 2%. Later, on the plight of Dalits in Shining India.

v K Das May 08, 2017 10:12am

Ego problem or inferiority complex that compelled non participation ?

Vijay May 08, 2017 10:22am

I think the hatred between two countries which is being effectively fueled by the politicians from both the sides is becoming the biggest hindrance in bilateral relations and also the combined progress of both the countries. I strongly believe that if India and Pakistan can work together and become real good friends, nobody can stop us becoming the super power. We will not need China or US or anybody else. The biggest advantage is that these two countries were one initially and share same culture. It is in the interest of our so called sponsors that we keep on fighting so that their importance is maintained..

Jups May 08, 2017 10:33am

It is Pakistan's loss in all respects...We can use those transponders to help Afghanistan and other South Asian Nations, its free service that would otherwise cost millions of US$, if availed commercially... let there be sharing of expertise, technology, science, e-commerce and education, its a win-win for all those who want to progress into the new century.

Naveed khan May 08, 2017 10:57am

Good Decision by Pakistan they should develop their own as they have world proved skills in many fields then why not experiment here.

Pravin May 08, 2017 11:12am

Next generation will show power in space technology and space to ground war. wait and watch if you are young

Arun-KS May 08, 2017 11:21am

Now co-operation between India-Afghanistan will squeeze betterly from both side of borders.

Zak May 08, 2017 11:31am

@Jummani lol we are still waiting !! Didn't sparco or whatever ur space research is launch ages before isro and where is it today ?

Sky May 08, 2017 11:48am

Ofcourse it is future diplomatic leverage. It is a healthy option to create that leverage by positive means like this, instead of negative methods like proxy wars like happening is many parts of the world.

Mark May 08, 2017 11:56am

@v K Das "Ego problem or inferiority complex that compelled non participation ?"

both, I guess - in addition to solidarity towards iron brother.

India, on the other hand, seems to be consolidating its position as a regional power and leader in science and technology.

sambath May 08, 2017 12:38pm

@MUHAMMAD Thank You bro!. this is from Indian side

toris May 08, 2017 12:58pm

@Naveed khan May God Bless you and your country

Abhimanyu May 08, 2017 01:02pm

(1/2) @N.S: (1) Chandrayaan is not "wandering in space" and has not become "UFO". It is still orbiting Moon, though it is no more under ISROs control. (2) Nasa provides ground level Mars images, ISROs MoM provides high altitude images. These images have provided unprecendented view of Mars and has also been featured on covers of prestigeous space magazines. (3) I hope you know the difference between UFO and Space Debris. :) (4) The fact that Space communications are complex can be gauged from the fact that your dear lord China lost control of its near earth Space Station Tiangong 1. India has not lost control of MoM yet. (5) India did not ask money from Pak or any other country for the satellite. (6) Ground observation cannot be replaced by High-altitude observation, and vice versa. Methane composition is available or not, cannot be left to your guesses, unless you are SUPARCO.

Abhimanyu May 08, 2017 01:03pm

(2/2) (7) Spectacles or not, India has achieved in 2014 what China still couldn't (even after 4 years of MoM launch) (8) Unless you are as vast as Russia, all countries (including US and China) need globally distributed transponders for 24 hour communications with deep space equipment. (9) Pakistan did not "Launch" a single satellite. Badr-1 was the only satellite you made (that too 27 years back), PakSat-1R was developed by China. Both were launched by China. (10) Pakistan can track only Geosynchronous satellites positioned right above it, if it wants to without other countries help.

Lastly, would recommend reading basic Space Tech to upgrade your knowledge regularly.

talking parrot May 08, 2017 01:22pm

@MUHAMMAD Your optimism is refreshing.

Balaji May 08, 2017 01:38pm

@F/o Zak .Good one

Balaji May 08, 2017 01:41pm

@Devashish Dipake I agree with you.

Dr Sal Zaidi May 08, 2017 02:02pm

Pakistan has the capability to launch her own Communication Satellite. Sharing Data on Satellite/s is a double edge sword. It can benefit / harm the sharer: a copy of the Data may be accessed and stored by the Satellite owner/s. Although GPS is a boon to drivers, sailors, fliers, cyclists and even walkers, the provider when giving directions also knows where the user is and where it is going. No to sharing Satellite/s.

lIBERAL Ajuta May 08, 2017 03:09pm

Does India live with misplaced priorities ? Does India's economic boom is only elite centric ? Can someone speak for poor masses who have no access to basic necessities of life ?

Abbas May 08, 2017 04:20pm

@Faisal That is what difference between India and china, china is way advance in space technologies but never bother about neighboring countries and India launches satellite for its whole neighboring countries.

on FLIP SIDE May 08, 2017 05:06pm

Can any one put me wise please - why India and Pakistan not friend - is it Kashmir dispute only or something else too.

Monsieur May 08, 2017 05:54pm

@Reality_check anyhting means anything ....

Mumtaz Baig May 08, 2017 05:59pm

@SODAWATERBOTTLEOPENERWALA But India can only help to improve the peace by quitting Kashmir. Once Kashmir issue is resolved all issues will be resolved.

Vijay May 08, 2017 06:00pm

@Abbas Chinese space budget as stated by their officials is $300 million (and budget acc. to Euroconsult-$1.3billion) ISRO Budget-$1.4Billion. Keep in Mind that India has the highest success rate in space mission while other space agencies are nowhere near it.

Vinod Narang May 08, 2017 06:01pm

Congratulation ISRO on this great development to help our neighbors . Pakistani government need to start thinking out of the box, think about what you can use this satellite for . Think about improving the lives of Pakistani people. Can you please leave the hate for India aside and try to be sensitive to the needs of people. Please do not loose this opportunity to use as a stepping stone to turn Pakistan into 21st century Pakistsan

R S Chakravarti May 08, 2017 06:36pm

@Logical dude That's why they didn't join.

Raunak May 08, 2017 07:31pm

@Mumtaz Baig .. How do you want that issue to be resolved?

Amit mishra May 08, 2017 10:31pm

@China-Beijing give some space to your fellow countrymen, HK wants freedom from China , corruption and debt soaring and people have no freedom of speech no fundamental rights atleast have guts to give public some guts , in next 2 years toilets will be available for all its in full swing for your kind information .