New Delhi: Continuing a 29-year unbroken practice, India and Pakistan on Wednesday exchanged a list of their nuclear installations under a bilateral arrangement that prohibits them from attacking each other’s atomic facilities. The two countries exchanged the list of nuclear installations and facilities covered under the Agreement on the Prohibition of Attack against Nuclear Installations between India and Pakistan, the External Affairs Ministry said. This was done simultaneously through diplomatic channels in New Delhi and Islamabad. Also Read - Happy Birthday: 67,000 Babies to be Born in India, 16,000 in Pakistan Today
The exchange of the list came amid tense diplomatic ties between the two countries over the Kashmir issue. Also Read - Year Ender 2019: From 'Land Kara De', 'Onion Price' to 'Angry Pakistan Fan', Here's Top Viral Memes That Broke The Internet This Year
The agreement was signed on December 31, 1988, and came into force on January 27, 1991. Also Read - India Pakistan non-nuclear war is coming closer to us, explains Justice Markandey Katju
The pact mandates the two countries to inform each other of nuclear installations and facilities to be covered under the agreement on the first of January of every calendar year. This is the 29th consecutive exchange of the list with the first one taking place on January 1, 1992.