NEW DELHI: India has rejected an offer from the Pakistan to provide technical and monetary support in the making of the satellite. India declined the offer citing that the satellite was a gift from India to the SAARC nations.
The Government of India intends to launch the satellite on December 8th, 2016 the SAARC day. Accordingly, to speed up the process the Indian Government has earlier held a meeting with space experts of the SAARC countries to discuss over the modalities of the project.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has earlier announced to develop the satellite during the last SAARC summit in Nepal. The satellite was expected to help the SAARC nations in Tele-communications and tele-medicine.
Earlier, a meeting was held on June 22nd which witnessed delegations from the SAARC nations. During the meet Pakistan has offered to provide technical support. However, it was politely declined by the Government maintaining that it was a gift to the SAARC from India, an official said.
The official said “There was a proposal from Pakistan to make it at the regional level. However, we have declined the suggestion as it would then become a SAARC project”, the Times of India reports.
The official added that they would hear the wishes of the member nations but not every wish can be incorporated as the primary aim of the satellite was for communications purpose.