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India and Pakistan exchange 27th list of Nuclear Installations

As per the agreement, both the countries shall refrain from undertaking, encouraging or participating in, directly or indirectly, any action aimed at causing the damage to any nuclear installation or facility in the other country.

Jan 2, 2018 12:50 IST
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India and Pakistan on 1 January 2018 exchanged the lists of their nuclear installations under an agreement that aims to prevent both sides from attacking such facilities. This is the twenty-seventh consecutive exchange of such a list between the two countries.

The exchange was done through diplomatic channels simultaneously at New Delhi and Islamabad.

The list-exchange comes in the backdrop of a heated arguments between the two countries over the harassment and ill-treatment of jailed Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav's mother and wife by Pakistan.

Highlights of the Agreement on the Prohibition of Attack against Nuclear installations
• The Agreement on the Prohibition of Attack against Nuclear installations between India and Pakistan that governs the exchange of these lists was signed on 31 December 1988 and came into force on 27 January 1991.

• It ensures that both countries inform each other of nuclear installations and facilities that are to be covered under the agreement on the first of January every year.

• As per the agreement, both the countries shall refrain from undertaking, encouraging or participating in, directly or indirectly, any action aimed at causing the damage to any nuclear installation or facility in the other country.

• The term 'nuclear installation or facility' includes nuclear power reactors, fuel fabrication, uranium enrichment, isotopes separation and reprocessing facilities as well as any other installations with fresh or irradiated nuclear fuel and materials in any form.

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