Pakistan Approves Country’s First-ever National Space Policy

Wed Dec 13 2023
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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s caretaker, the Federal Minister of Information Technology and Telecommunication, Dr. Umar Saif, said on Wednesday that the federal cabinet has approved Pakistan’s first-ever “National Space Policy.”

Speaking at a press conference alongside the Caretaker Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Murtaza Solangi, and the Caretaker Federal Minister for Health, he said that the approved policy establishes the framework for utilizing Low Earth Orbit Communication Satellites.

This authorization allows private companies to offer services to consumers in the country, marking a major milestone in Pakistan’s space program, he added.

The minister further said that this development signifies a crucial moment for Pakistan’s space program, as it enables enhanced communication capabilities through advanced satellite technology.

Policy to Facilitate Improved Telecommunications Services in Pakistan

The approval of the National Space Policy is likely to facilitate improved telecommunications services, fostering advancements in connectivity and information dissemination across the country.

He said that the policy had been devised in consultation with all stakeholders over three months, ensuring a balanced approach to facilitate private companies.

The minister added that the cabinet has also approved the establishment of the National Cybercrime Investigation Authority (NCIA). This agency is dedicated to probing cybercrime, taking over the mandate that was previously with the FIA. The gradual transition of cybercrime investigation responsibilities from the FIA to the new authority is planned.

Dr. Umar Saif said that the federal cabinet approved the establishment of a Telecom Tribunal to handle cases and disputes related to telecom.

The tribunal, he said, will have specialized individuals with knowledge of telecom, information, and policy.

In response to a query, the minister said that the federal government had notified the right of way policy last week, and all provinces have adopted it.

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