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PM Khan Okays establishment of Civil Drone Authority

“Effective use of drone technology in various sectors will help in resource optimization and better service delivery”

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday approved the establishment of the Civil Drone Authority in order to use the technology for commercial, research, agricultural, and other peaceful purposes.

PM Imran Khan approved the establishment of the Civil Drone Authority while chairing a high-level meeting in Islamabad.

The establishment of this authority will fill the existing vacuum due to the non-availability of law to regulate this important sector. It will also be instrumental in the promotion and domestic production of this critical technology.  

He highlighted that effective use of drone technology in various sectors will help in resource optimization and better service delivery.

He directed relevant authorities to prioritize the completion of the legislation for the establishment of Civil Drone Authority and till will be introduced after its approval by the federal cabinet.

The Civil Drone Authority will be mandated to regulate and control unmanned aircraft systems in the country, as well as decide matters relating to licensing, import, manufacturing, examination, and issuance of drone permits, Radio Pakistan reported.

It will also be empowered to impose fines and penalties, including cancellation of license and registration besides initiation of legal proceedings against under the prevailing civil and criminal laws.

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