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India, Pakistan Exchange List of Prisoners and Nuclear Facilities

NEW DELHI – India and Pakistan on Wednesday exchanged a list of nuclear facilities and installations covered by the Agreement on the Prohibition of Attacks on Nuclear Installations. The agreement was signed on December 31, 1988 and entered into force on January 27, 1991.
It provides that the two countries will inform each other of the nuclear facilities and installations to be covered by the agreement on January 1st of each year. This is the 29th exchange of this type. The list was exchanged through diplomatic channels simultaneously in New Delhi and Islamabad.
The bilateral agreement prohibits the two countries from attacking each other’s nuclear facilities. Neighbors also exchanged lists of civilian prisoners and fishermen in their custody.
Under the Consular Access Agreement, the two countries exchange the list of civilian prisoners and fishermen on January 1 and July 1 of each year.
The two countries have exchanged lists through diplomatic channels in Delhi and Islamabad. While India has released lists of 267 Pakistani civilian prisoners and 99 fishermen in Pakistan who are in Indian custody, Pakistan has shared lists of 55 civilian prisoners and 227 Indian fishermen in its custody or suspected Indians, according to a statement by Indian Ministry of External Affairs.
India has asked Pakistan to expedite the release and repatriation of four civilian prisoners and 126 fishermen whose nationality has been confirmed to be Indian.
In addition, India has also requested Pakistan to provide immediate consular access to 14 alleged Indian civilian prisoners and 100 Indian fishermen currently detained by Pakistan.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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