India, Pakistan exchange nuclear installations

NEW DELHI, India and Pakistan on Wednesday exchanged a list of their nuclear installations continuing an unbroken practice of almost three decades.

The Indian Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement that the exchange of lists of nuclear installations took place simultaneously through diplomatic channels in New Delhi and Islamabad under a bilateral arrangement prohibiting attack on each other’s atomic facilities.

The Agreement on the Prohibition of Attack against Nuclear installations was signed on 31 December, 1988 and entered into force on 27 January, 1991 between India and Pakistan.

It provides “that the two countries inform each other of nuclear installations and facilities to be covered under the Agreement on the first of January of every calendar year. This is the twenty ninth consecutive exchange of such list between the two countries, the first one having taken place on 1st January, 1992,” the statement added.

Meanwhile, both the nuclear neighbors also exchanged the lists of civilian prisoners and fishermen in their custody in line with a 2008 Agreement under which both the countries are mandated to exchange such lists on 1st January and 1st July, every year.

“India handed over lists of 267 Pakistan civilian prisoners and 99 fishermen to Pakistan who are in India’s custody. Similarly, Pakistan has shared lists of 55 civilian prisoners and 227 fishermen in its custody, who are Indians or believed-to-be Indians,” another ministry statement said.

The exchange of lists came amid growing tension in the border regions following Indian decision few months back to repeal a constitutional provision giving autonomy to the Muslim majority state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Source: Kuwait News Agency