Pakistan has planned to its first astronaut to space by 2022 with the help of China.
Pakistan federal minister for science and technology Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said on Sunday said the selection process for the astronaut would start in 2020.
Fawad said China would collaborate with Pakistan in its space mission.
He said that initially 50 individuals would be selected after which the list will be shortened to 25 in 2022.
And out of them only one would be sent to space, Fawad added.
The Pakistan Air Force would play an important role in the selection process of the astronaut, the report said.
He said the collaboration of Pakistan and India in the fields of science and technology could prove fruitful for the region.
Fawad said Pakistan was the second in Asia after the then Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), which had sent its rocket into the space in 1963.
The Pakistan Space Science Education Center is playing an important role for the promotion of space sciences in the country, he added.