NEW DELHI: Despite border tensions, Pakistan and India have exchanged lists of their respective nuclear installations and facilities in order to prevent attacks on each other’s atomic facilities.
According to the foreign ministry statement issued Thursday, the governments of Pakistan and India are required to exchange lists of their respective nuclear installations and facilities in accordance with Article-II of the Agreement on Prohibition of Attacks against Nuclear Installations and Facilities between Pakistan and India as of 31 December 1988.
The lists are exchanged on the first day of each new year.
“In accordance with aforesaid agreement a list of requisite facilities in Pakistan was officially handed over to a representative of the Indian High Commission at the Foreign Office today at 1030 hrs (PST),” said the statement.
The Indian side also handed over its list to the Pakistan High Commission by the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi at 1100 (IST).
Meanwhile, according to the Agreement on Consular Access signed between Pakistan and India on 21 May 2008, both countries are required to exchange lists of prisoners in each other’s custody twice a year, on 1 January and 1 July, respectively.
Consistent with the provisions of this Agreement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs handed over a list of 526 Indian prisoners (50 civil + 476 fishermen) in Pakistan to the High Commission of India in Islamabad on Thursday.
A similar list of Pakistani prisoners lodged in Indian jails was also handed over to the High Commission for Pakistan in New Delhi.