Unfortunately, our successive governments did not pay much attention to our space programme and India was able to steam ahead of us. In fact, even Iran sent a monkey into space a couple of years ago.
It will be many years before Pakistan is able to do this, despite having launched two experimental satellites in 1990 and 2001.
For Pakistan to make further progress in space technology, the first thing that needs to be done is to replace our outdated locally-produced science text books with imported ones. We can then hire Pakistani teachers from English-speaking countries to train the new generation in physics, mathematics and allied subjects.
Printed in DAWN, October 23, 2014