India, Pakistan exchange lists of prisoners, N-installations

India, Pakistan exchange lists of prisoners, N-installations

India on Monday once again noted that Pakistan had not yet granted consular access to former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, whom a military court in the neighbouring country put on death row.

New Delhi and Islamabad on Monday exchanged lists of Pakistani and Indian prisoners in each other's jails, in accordance with the provisions of the 2008 bilateral Agreement on Consular Access.

India and Pakistan also exchanged, through diplomatic channels simultaneously at New Delhi and Islamabad, the list of each other's nuclear installations and facilities, in accordance with the bilateral Agreement on the Prohibition of Attack against Nuclear Installations. The agreement was signed on December 31, 1988 and came into force on January 27, 1991.

India used the opportunity to once again underline that Pakistan is yet to grant consular access to Jadhav, the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.

New Delhi handed over to Islamabad the list of 250 civilian prisoners and 94 fishermen - all citizens of Pakistan - lodged in the jails of India. The list of 54 Pakistani civilian prisoners and four fishermen, who have completed sentences awarded to them in India, were also handed over to the neighbouring country's government through diplomatic channels. New Delhi asked Islamabad to confirm their nationality expeditiously so that they could be repatriated to Pakistan.

Hasnain, a juvenile, was repatriated to Pakistan from India on Monday after his nationality was confirmed.

Kulbhushan Jadhav has been in the custody of Pakistan Army since March 2016. Islamabad turned down New Delhi's repeated requests to grant consular access to him. He was awarded death sentence by a military court on April 10 this year for reportedly working for India's external intelligence agency, Research and Analytical Wing or RAW, and being involved with espionage and sabotage in Pakistan. New Delhi on May 8 moved the International Court of Justice which on May 18 asked Islamabad not to execute Jadhav till the court decided on the plea by India.

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