Lahore's Joint Action Committee for People's Rights is an alliance of 33 civil society organisations, including such highly reputed entities as AGHS, Ajoka, Minorities' Alliance, ASR, Aurat Foundation, CSJ, DCHD, Digital Rights Foundation, HRCP, Sahe, Shirkat Gah, Simorgh
, SAP-PK, WAR, WAF and Women Workers Helpline.
Iran has previously sent Simorgh
satellite and Pajouhesh explorer into the orbit in recent years.
Iran last tried to put a satellite into orbit in February using its new and larger Simorgh
rocket, but the third stage of that rocket failed and the satellite never got into orbit.
Afghan football fans watch a Roshan Afghan premiere league match between Toofan Harirod and Simorgh
Alborz at the Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF) stadium in Kabul.
So far, Iran has failed to successfully test the newest generation of its satellite launcher - a bigger, more powerful rocket known as Simorgh
15, using a long-range Simorgh
, also failed, the Iranians decided to use the smaller a Safir rocket for their second attempt.
Iranian state television aired footage of its reporter narrating the launch of the Simorgh
rocket, shouting over its roar that it sent "a message of the pride, self-confidence and willpower of Iranian youth to the world!"
The satellite will be launched with the help of a Simorgh
space launch vehicle which is an Iranian expendable small-capacity orbital carrier rocket.
Iran has plans to launch Payam, a 90kg non-military satellite into a 500km orbit using an Iranian Simorgh
Being held in conjunction with Shirkatgah, the Aurat Foundation, the South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA), Simorgh
and South Asia Partnership Pakistan (SAP-PK), the event is intended not only to honour the late Asma Jahangir, but also to discuss how members of civil society can pick up the mantle.
The US Treasury Department also imposed sanctions on six Iran-based satellite companies on Friday after Iran launched Simorgh
(Phoenix) satellite carrier rocket into space on Thursday.
The report said the launch vehicle, named Simorgh
after a bird in Iranian mythology, was capable of propelling a satellite weighing 250 kilograms (550 pounds) to an altitude of 500 kilometers (300 miles) above earth.