India, Pakistan exchange list of nuclear installations, prisoners

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NEW DELHI (Xinhua) – New Delhi and Islamabad have exchanged a list of their nuclear installations and prisoners through diplomatic channels simultaneously.

“The list of nuclear installations and facilities was exchanged under the Agreement on the Prohibition of Attack against Nuclear installations between India and Pakistan,” a statement issued by India’s Foreign Ministry said.

The exchange, on Tuesday, was the 28th consecutive exchange between the two countries since 1992.

“The agreement, which was signed on Dec. 31, 1988 and entered into force on Jan. 27, 1991, provides, inter alia, that the two countries inform each other of nuclear installations and facilities to be covered under the agreement on the first day of January of every calendar year,” the statement said.

The two countries also exchanged the lists of civilian prisoners and fishermen in their respective custody.

The exchange of lists of prisoners was done under the provisions of the 2008 agreement under which such lists are exchanged on Jan. 1 and July 1 every year, officials said.

“India handed over lists of 249 Pakistan civilian prisoners and 98 fishermen in India’s custody to Pakistan. Pakistan has shared lists of 54 civilian prisoners and 483 fishermen in its custody, who are Indians or believed-to-be-Indians,” the Foreign Ministry said.

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