Federal cabinet approves 'National Space Policy'

Federal cabinet approves 'National Space Policy'

Islamabad (Web Desk/Agencies): The Caretaker Federal Cabinet has approved Pakistan's first-ever National Space Policy (NSP) under which international companies will be allowed to provide communication and coordination services to consumers.

 Caretaker Federal Minister of Information Technology and Telecommunication (MOITT) Dr Umar Saif announced this in a a press conference alongside Caretaker Information Minister Murtaza Solangi and Caretaker Federal Minister for National Health Services Dr Nadeem Jan.

The IT minister explained that the approved policy establishes the framework for utilizing Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Communication Satellites.

"This authorisation allows private companies to offer services to consumers in Pakistan, marking a significant milestone in the country’s space programme", he added.

The minister highlighted that this development signifies a crucial moment for Pakistan’s space program, as it enables enhanced communication capabilities through advanced satellite technology.

The approval of the National Space Policy is expected to facilitate improved telecommunications services, fostering advancements in connectivity and information dissemination across the country.

Dr Umar Saif mentioned that the policy had been prepared in consultation with all stakeholders over three months, ensuring a balanced approach to facilitate private companies.

He disclosed that the federal cabinet has also approved the establishment of the National Cybercrime Investigation Authority (NCIA).

This agency is dedicated to investigating cybercrime, taking over the mandate that was previously with the FIA. The gradual transition of cybercrime investigation responsibilities from the FIA to the NCIA is planned.

The minister said the federal cabinet approved the establishment of a telecom tribunal to handle cases and disputes related to telecom.

He said that the tribunal will have specialised individuals with knowledge of information, telecom, and policy.

In response to a question, the minister mentioned that the federal government had notified the right of way policy last week, and all provinces have adopted it.

Regarding the removal of the MD of the National Telecommunication Corporation (NTC), he explained that it was due to serious complaints, including financial irregularities and misuse of powers.

The minister said that the senior-most person has been given charge, and the removal followed a three-month investigation.