Dr. Atta-ur-Rehman, Pakistan’s renowned and former minister for science and technology, has said that India’s moon mission is a wake-up call for Pakistan, requiring it to follow suit.
Earlier, taking it to social media, in a tweet Dr. Atta-ur-Rehman briefly addressed about Indian Moon Mission failure.
“Critics of India regarding the failure of moon mission are so wrong. It was still a huge technological achievement to have come so close. Pakistan is decades behind. We need to rise and invest in Space Science instead of rejoicing on the Indian failure. Wake up Pakistan!!!!”, former minister for science and technology wrote.
Critics of India regarding "failure" of moon mission are so wrong. It was still a huge technological achievement to have come so close. Pakistan is decades behind. We need to rise and invest in Space Science instead of rejoicing on the Indian failure. Wake up Pakistan!!!!
— Atta-ur-Rahman (@1964atta) September 7, 2019
Keeping in view that the present federal minister has been mocking the Indian Moon Mission failure on social media.
Endia is adding into space debris, ealrier“Mission Shakti”failed and now “Chandrayaan”, irresponsible attitude of #ModiSarkar from region to space is disastrous for the world,Galaxyies and the planet is a delicate business politicians must not be allowed to play foolish gimmicky
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) September 8, 2019
While speaking at the Geo’s ‘Naya Pakistan’ program on Saturday, he said, “The Indian moon mission cannot be termed a failure, as such tests by even big and technologically advanced countries also fail”.
He said failures and successes are part of such missions but those who stick to them succeed at last. “Half of such missions undertaken by even the most advanced and developed countries fail and only half succeed”, he added.
Dr. Rehman further said the impression that such missions involved a lot of money is not the right approach, as such endeavors also have their impact on defence and industries. “Hindustan is doing the right job and we should follow it to reach the Moon and Mars.
Our attempt to reach the Moon should not be driven by our ego to be on an equal footing with India, but pursuing such missions will improve many technologies which will strengthen our defence and industries”.
Atta-ur-Rahman, FRS, FPAS, is a Pakistani scientist specialising in organic chemistry who served as the chairman of the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan between October 2002 until September 2008 and the Minister for Science and Technology between March 2000 and September 2002.