Pakistan, India exchange annual list of Nuke Installations and prisoners: FO

Scheduled Intra-Afghan negotiations important for durable peace in Afghanistan & entire region

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In accordance with Article-II of the Agreement on Prohibition of Attacks against Nuclear Installations and Facilities between Pakistan and India, signed on 31st December 1988, the list of nuclear installations and facilities in Pakistan was officially handed over to a representative of the Indian High Commission at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs today, at 1100 hrs (PST)

The Indian Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi handed over the list of Indian Nuclear installations and facilities to a representative of the Pakistan High Commission at 1130 hrs (IST).

The Agreement contains the provision that both countries inform each other of their nuclear installations and facilities on 1st January every year. This has been done consecutively since 1st January 1992.

Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhry has said Pakistan wants to have good relations with all its neighbors, but irresponsible actions and statements from India are imperiling regional peace and security. Responding to a question during his weekly news briefing in Islamabad today (Friday), he said New Delhi’s acts, especially in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, should immediately be addressed. He said India needs to create an enabling environment for a meaningful engagement. He said regional peace and security will remain at stake till India does not refrain from taking illegal, inhumane, and unjustified action.

Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said Pakistan will take every possible measure for the welfare of the people of IIOJK and to safeguard their interest. He said India deliberately targets civilian populated areas and commits unprovoked ceasefire violations. He said Pakistan has always taken utmost caution to avoid collateral damage, while responding to Indian provocations.

Replying to a question regarding Pakistan’s role in Afghan Peace Process, Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said we always believe that a politically negotiated settlement is the only way forward for durable peace in Afghanistan. Highlighting three important developments regarding Afghan Peace Process during the previous year, the Spokesperson said agreement between the Afghan Taliban and the United States, initiation of intra-Afghan negotiations and agreement on rules and procedure will help succeed the dialogue process. He said Afghan Peace Process has reached to a critical stage, where all stakeholders should take advantage of this opportunity in taking the dialogue initiative to a conclusion.

Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri expressed the hope that intra-Afghan negotiations that are scheduled to start on Tuesday next will be productive and move the process forward for durable peace and stability in Afghanistan as well as in the region

The Government of Pakistan, today, shared with the Indian High Commission in Islamabad a list of 319 Indian prisoners in Pakistan, including 49 civilians and 270 fishermen prisoners.

This step is consistent with the provisions 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 1st January and 1st July, respectively.

The Indian Government also simultaneously shared the list of 340 Pakistani prisoners in India, including 263 civilians and 77 fishermen with High Commission for Pakistan New Delhi.

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