Pakistan and India on Saturday exchanged a listing of their nuclear installations that can not be attacked in case of an escalation in hostilities, as a part of an annual ritual that has been in apply between the 2 neighbours for greater than three a long time, a Foreign Office assertion stated right here.
The two nations additionally exchanged lists of prisoners held in one another’s prisons, which embody civilians, defence personnel and fishermen, it stated.
The lists of nuclear set up and services have been exchanged as per the provisions of the Article-II of the Agreement on Prohibition of Attacks in opposition to Nuclear Installations and Facilities, signed on December 31, 1988 and ratified on 27 January 1991.
According to this settlement, each nations have to tell one another of the nuclear services.
This apply of exchanging lists has continued since January 1, 1992.
The alternate of the lists got here amid pressure in ties between the 2 nations over the Kashmir subject in addition to cross-border terrorism.
The listing of nuclear installations and services in Pakistan was formally handed over to a consultant of the Indian High Commission on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at 1030 hours PST on Saturday.
Similarly, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi handed their listing of nuclear installations and services to a consultant of the Pakistan High Commission at 1100 hours IST, the Pakistan Foreign Office assertion stated.
In an analogous alternate, Pakistan shared with the Indian High Commission in Islamabad a listing of 628 Indian prisoners in Pakistan, together with 51 civilians and 577 fishermen.
The Indian Government additionally concurrently shared the listing of 355 Pakistani prisoners in India together with 282 civilians and 73 fishermen with the High Commission for Pakistan in New Delhi, it stated.
These lists are exchanged beneath the provisions of the Agreement on Consular Access signed in May 2008.
Under this pact, the 2 nations ought to alternate complete lists on January 1 and July 1 yearly.
“This step is consistent with clause (i) of the Consular Access Agreement between Pakistan and India, signed on 21 May 2008, under which both countries are required to exchange lists of prisoners in each other’s custody twice a year, on 01 January and 01 July, respectively,” the Foreign Office stated. PTI SH VM AKJ