Islamabad: Pakistan and China would jointly launch a communication satellite Aug 14 to mark the country`s Independence Day, it was reported here.
The new communication satellite would replace the SAT-1 which is on the verge of expiry, Dawn quoted an official as saying in Beijing.
The satellite would go into orbit Aug 14 as a mark of friendship between Pakistan and China, an official said after Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani`s visit to China`s Academy of Space Technology (CAST) Friday.
Gilani`s trip to China is his first foreign visit after the May 2 killing of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden by US commandos in Abbottabad.
Pakistan had launched its first satellite with Chinese cooperation in 1990.