Pak, India Exchange Prisoner Lists

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ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs handed over a list of Indian prisoners currently held in Pakistani prisons to the Indian High Commission in Islamabad on Tuesday in accordance with the Agreement on Consular Access signed between the two countries in 2008.

The Agreement on Consular Access was signed on May 21, 2008 and requires both India and Pakistan to exchange lists of prisoners in each other’s custody twice a year, on January 1 and July 1.

Pakistan and India also exchanged lists of their respective nuclear installations and facilities on Tuesday.

The governments of both the countries are required to exchange such lists in accordance with Article-II of the Agreement on prohibition of attacks against nuclear installations and facilities between Pakistan and India of 31 December 1988.

Pakistan handed over its list to a representative of the Indian High Commission at the Foreign Office, while India provided its list to the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi.

Pakistan has previously maintained that its nuclear weapons capability is a deterrent against India’s much larger conventional military.

Both the countries are not signatories to the nuclear non-proliferation treaty.

Pakistan and India have been developing missiles of varying ranges since they conducted nuclear tests in May 1998.

Pakistan recently test fired a nuclear-capable ballistic missile with a range of 1,300km. The military described the Hatf V Ghauri missile as a liquid fuel missile, which can carry both conventional and nuclear warheads.

US intelligence estimates in 2011 put the number of nuclear weapons developed by Pakistan at 90 to 110. Analysts say its nuclear arsenal is the fastest growing in the world.Agencies

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