March 29, 2019: Senator Sehar Kamran (TI), President Centre for Pakistan and Gulf Studies (CPGS) termed Indian Anti-Satellite Weapon (ASAT) test as “reckless and threatening move that undermined international norms and security in the outer space.”
“Outer space is a ‘global commons’ and shared heritage for all humankind. The militarization of space would have perilous implications not just for international peace and stability but for the space economy as well,” she said.
She said that “today the threat of war looms large in South Asia due to India’s delusionary leadership and in such critical juncture testing an anti-satellite weapon is highly destabilizing for the strategic stability of the region.” Furthermore, “testing such offensive capabilities can have negative consequences through the creation of space debris and affecting the delicate stability in the Earth’s orbit.”
“It is the responsibility of the international community and United Nations relevant authorities to press India to refrain from further testing and instead join hands with the international community for formulating mechanisms to prevent the weaponization of space,” Senator Kamran said.