LAHORE - Namira Salim will proudly fly the national flag high in space before the end of this year as the first Pakistani astronaut aboard Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, the First private space-line of the world. Namira Salim, had presented Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, former Prime Minister of Pakistan, the first national flag sent to Space by her in March 2008 aboard Swedish Space Corporation’s Regus 6 Sub-Orbital Rocket.
The presentation took place on the sidelines of the EU-Pakistan Summit in Brussels in June 2010. The forefathers of Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani fought for the freedom of Pakistan and his father, Makhdoom Syed Alamdar Hussain Gilani was one of the signatories of the Pakistan Resolution. The former prime minister was the Leader of Opposition in the Senate of Pakistan from 2021 to 2022. He currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the Central Executive Committee and Parliamentary Leader of the Pakistan Peoples Party in the Senate (Upper House).