The rivalry between India and Pakistan is always there in terms of cricket. While the border issues are never-ending, Indians particularly on the Internet, many share brotherly bond with the neighboring nationalities, Pakistanis are no exception. Unless few cocky tweets and trolls might spark outrage in between the both, everything otherwise remains calm.
Recently, we have seen the verified Twitter handle of Pakistan Defence trying to pounce on India, they tried to insult India on the Internet, shared a picture of a girl holding a placard that read, “I am an Indian but I hate India, because India is a colonial entity that has occupied nations such as Nagas, Kashmiris, Manipuris, Hyderabad Junagarh, Sikkim, Mizoram, Goa.”
Though Indians never messed up with Pakistan this way, it is Pakistanis who always comes up with one or other problem. Now, once again, Pakistan tried to mess with India on the space aspects. ISROa has successfully launched its 100th satellite recently.
At the beginning of 2018, over 31 small satellites were launched into space out of which half of the micro and nanosatellites were for the United States, and remainder India, Canada, Finland, France, South Korea and the United Kingdom. While the nation celebrated this success, neighbor Pakistan wasn’t very impressed.
And, even before the satellite was launched, Pakistan had issued a stern warning. At a press conference on Thursday evening, the Pak Foreign Ministry Spokesperson was asked that ‘India has launched a remote sensing satellite cartosat-2 series along with 31 small satellites in space, which have surveillance capabilities. How do you view the increasing Indian investment in defense and surveillance?’
To this, he replied by saying that all space technologies, including the earth observation satellites, can be used for military purposes as well. “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,” he said.
He then 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 buildup of destabilizing military capabilities, which can negatively impact the regional strategic stability”.