The government of Pakistan has announced the plans of sending a manned mission to space somewhere in 2022.
As strange as it may sound, Information Minister Fawad Choudhry today, in a press conference alongside other senior cabinet ministers, proclaimed the ambitious plan of the government to send the first Pakistani into space.
Fawad Choudhry termed it as the success of Pakistan’s space program as if the country has explored all other avenues in the space sciences and this was the last stone unturned.
Ironically, the announced year for the manned mission coincides with the Indian’s plan of sending a human in space. However, India’s space plan is way ahead of ours as they have launched hundreds of satellite into space until now.
At first, it looked like that information minister didn’t realize the problems with Pakistan’s Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (Suparco) but the bubble burst when he added that Chinese assistance would be sought in this matter.
Moreover, he added without providing the details that an agreement between SUPARCO and a Chinese company has already been signed.
It seems that the government is planning space exploration on the same lines of the United Arab Emirates, where later also announced sending astronauts in space but with the help of Russian space agency.
It’s the high time that government sets its priorities and play accordingly. Sending manned mission into space is not as easy as pie. There is a need for reforms in the SUPARCO as well as in the higher education sector of Pakistan. As of now, there is no method in this madness.