ISLAMABAD/BEIJING: Pakistan on Wednesday mocked India for its successful test firing of anti-satellite missile and said that it was akin to attacking imaginary enemies. However, China was guarded in its reaction. Without mentioning names, Beijing said it hoped each country would uphold peace in outer space.
Taking a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailing the anti-satellite test as a major breakthrough in India’s space programme, the Pakistan foreign office spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal in a statement said: “Boasting of such capabilities is reminiscent of Don Quixote’s tilting against windmills.”
Pakistan, he said, was against arms race in outer space and has been a strong proponent of prevention of arms race in Outer Space. “Space is the common heritage of mankind and every nation has the responsibility to avoid actions which can lead to the militarization of this arena,” he said.
There is a need to address the gaps in the international space laws with a view to ensuring that no one threatens peaceful activities and applications of space technologies for socio-economic development.
“We hope that countries which have in the past strongly condemned demonstration of similar capabilities by others will be prepared to work towards developing international instruments to prevent military threats relating to outer space,” the statement read.
The Chinese foreign ministry, in a written response to a question on the development, said: “We have noticed reports and hope that each country will uphold peace and tranquility in outer space.”