ISLAMABAD - Pakistan India enters into a new space race .
Pakistan has decided to send a human into space... in the exact year that India resolute to do the same with help of Russia.
Fawad Chuadhry, Information minister of Pakistan, has made it public on Thursday that the country intends to carry out its first space mission in collaboration with China in 2022, with Prime Minister Imran Khan having already approved the plan at federal cabinet meeting.
The Indian proposed deadline is the same year the Pakistani Prime minister Imran Khan hopes to launch the country’s first manned mission to space.
India’s plan means that the two countries, which have been in conflict for 75 years, are officially battling it out to be the fourth nation in space.
Fawad Chaudhry said, "an agreement between Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) and a Chinese company has already been signed".
It comes ahead of Pakistani PM Khan’s first-ever visit to China on November 3, when he will hold talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing.
The new battlefield has emerged amid renewed tensions between the two neighboring countries, as the latest efforts to hold talks to guarantee peace and stability in the region failed yet again.
PM Khan had invited India to hold peace talks on the sidelines of the 73rd UN General Assembly in New York last month.
However, after initially agreeing to it, India backed out last minute, claiming any dialogue would be “meaningless” given the “brutal” killing of three of its policemen in the contended region of Kashmir at the hands of Pakistani militants. It further blamed Pakistan for “glorifying terrorists.”
Khan hit back by saying that India’s response was a “negative” one, and that leadership in New Delhi should “shun arrogance” to enable peace talks.