Federal Minister for Science and Technology Chaudhry Fawad Hussain has said that Pakistan is committed to sending its first astronaut to space by 2022, ARY News reported.

According to the details, the minister said that China would collaborate with Pakistan in its space mission and the selection process for the astronaut would start in 2020.

He added that 50 people will be selected in the initial selection process and then the list would come down to 25 in 2022, out of them only one would be sent to space.


The minister also said that the debris of India’s first space mission namely ‘Shakti’, which had failed, was even posing dangers to the space missions of other countries.

Furthermore, Fawad said that the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) will play an important role in the astronaut’s selection.

Earlier, on July 25, the minister had announced that Pakistan would send its first citizen to space by 2022 following a selection process.