Prime Minister Imran Khan initiated the establishment of a Drone Authority for the country on Saturday, a statement came from his office. The announcement was made after meeting with relevant officials in Islamabad. The PM Office stated in a tweet by adding that the authority will put in place an institutionalized mechanism to facilitate the development and regulation of drone technology in Pakistan.
Prime Minister Khan while addressing the meeting said that employing drone technology for commercial, research and development, agricultural and other peaceful purposes was the need of the hour.
The authority will be mandated to regulate and control the unmanned aircraft system in the country. It will also decide matters related to licensing, importing, manufacturing, examining and issuing of drone permits, according to the statement.
“Effective use of drone technology will help improve resource utilisation and service delivery,” the statement quoted the PM as saying.
The secretary of Aviation will lead the drone authority. Further components of the authority will include senior-level representation from the Pakistan Air Force, Civil Aviation, Defence Production, Interior Ministry and the Ministry of Science and Technology.