MUZAFFARABAD: (Parliament Times) Sardar Masood Khan President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir has said satellite technology can be effectively and productively used for disaster management as well as economic development of the state.
He expressed these views during his meeting with a delegation of Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) that called on him at President House here on the other day.
The three- member delegation headed by SUPARCO Director General (DG) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of PakSat, Col (Retd) Basit discussed with the President host of matters relating to operation and services being provided by the PakSat, an advanced communications satellite being operated by SUPARCO
President Sardar Masood Khan highly appreciated the performance of SUPARCO and PakSat for its contribution in provision of communication and broadcast services throughout the country.
President said that satellite imagery can also be used to identify areas of tourists’ attraction to include them into a tourism corridor, a proposed project of AJK government to be constructed under the CPEC project. He assured the delegation to take their proposals into account.
The president expressed his hope that new technologies would prove highly beneficial in economic development and informed decision making in future
Earlier, the head of the delegation apprised the President that PakSat provides broadband internet access, digital television broadcasting and telecom services across Pakistan and other regional countries.
The organization had provided satellite based imagery and monitoring services to the government in KP for its billion trees project to identify the areas where tree plantation was critically needed and later monitoring of the forested area, the Director General added.
PakSat CEO further apprised that satellite technology can effectively be used in monitoring of educational institutions in Azad Kashmir besides launching of the state’s own TV Channel to project Kashmir issue in its true perspective and making voices of oppressed people of Kashmir heard across the world.
The Director General went on to say that with this new technology in Pakistan, satellite TV Channel with deep reach into rural areas can be launched in every city of Azad Kashmir.