India, Pakistan exchange 27th consecutive list of nuclear installations

India, Pakistan exchange 27th consecutive list of nuclear installations

The agreement states that both countries will release the names of the prisoners twice a year (January 1st and July 1st).

India awaits consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav and other Indian nationals in Pakistans custody, the external affairs ministry said today, as it exchanged with Islamabad the list of civilian prisoners and fishermen lodged in each others jails.

Committed to addressing the humanitarian issues, India shared a list of 250 civilian prisoners and 94 fishermen with Pakistan.

A list of 54 Pakistani civilian prisoners and 4 fishermen, who have completed their sentence and whose nationality confirmation is awaited from Pakistan, was also handed over and Pakistan was asked to expedite the confirmation, the ministry said.

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Pakistan handed over a list of 58 civilian prisoners and 399 fishermen in its custody who it said are Indians or are believed to be Indians.

The exchange of lists comes days after a meeting between Jadhav, sentenced to death on spying and terror charges, and his family in Islamabad sparked a verbal war.

The relations between the two neighbours were strained further after it was reported that Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav's mother and wife were treated badly when they visited him at the Pakistan Foreign Ministry office in Islamabad last month. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) filed a compensation claim of $70 million from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for not agreeing to play bilateral series as per the International Cricket Council's Future Tours Programme (FTP). New Delhi says Mr Jadhav was kidnapped in Iran, where he had legitimate business interests, and brought to Pakistan. This has been done consecutively since January 1, 1992, it added.

According to the statement, the agreement contains the provision that both countries inform each other of their nuclear installations and facilities on January 1 every year. "Pakistan will release 146 fishermen on January 8", it said.