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India, Pak Exchange List of Nuclear Installations

For the twenty-second consecutive time, India and Pakistan today exchanged the list of nuclear installations and facilities covered under the Prohibition of Attack against Nuclear installations agreement between the two countries.

"India and Pakistan today exchanged, through diplomatic channels simultaneously at New Delhi and Islamabad, the list of nuclear installations and facilities covered under the Agreement on the Prohibition of Attack against Nuclear installations between India and Pakistan," the Ministry of External Affairs said in a release.

The agreement, which was signed on December 31, 1988 and entered into force on January 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 of January of every calendar year, it said.

This is the 22nd consecutive exchange of such lists between the two countries, the first one having taken place on January 1, 1992.

The exchange was conducted even during a freeze in bilateral ties after the 2008 Mumbai attacks that were blamed on the Pakistan-based Lashker-e-Taiba terror group.

Last month, officials of the two countries held talks in Delhi to review existing conventional and nuclear confidence-building measures and to explore the possibility of putting in place additional mutually acceptable CBMs.

During the talks, both sides reviewed the working of existing agreements on pre-notification of ballistic missile tests and on reducing the risk from accidents related to nuclear weapons.

In a separate development, India and Pakistan also exchanged lists of prisoners currently being held in each other's jails.

The two countries are required to exchange lists of prisoners twice a year under the Agreement on Consular Access signed in May 2008.

"Consistent with the provisions of this agreement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs handed over the list of Indian prisoners in Pakistan to the Indian High Commission in Islamabad today," said a statement issued by Pakistan Foreign Office in Islamabad.

The statement did not give details of the number of prisoners currently being held in jails in both countries.

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