Pakistan, China to jointly launch satellite

The new communication satellite would replace the SAT-1 which is on the verge of expiry, said an official.

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.

IANS

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