Islamabad: Pakistan shared a list of nuclear installations and facilities with India on Tuesday. The list was part of the provisions of the bilateral agreement between the two countries. According to an official statement, “The list of nuclear installations and facilities in Pakistan was officially handed over to a representative of the Indian High Commission at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs today, at 1000 hrs (local time).”
Similarly, the list of Indian Nuclear Installations and Facilities was handed over to a representative of the High Commission of Pakistan at 1030 hrs (local time) by the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi, stated the foreign office. The list was handed over in accordance with Article-II of the Agreement on Prohibition of Attacks Against Nuclear Installations and Facilities between Pakistan and India, the FO said.
The agreement was signed on December 31, 1988. It came into force on January 27, 1991. As per the agreement, the two countries must inform each other of nuclear installations and facilities that are to be covered under the agreement on the first of January of every calendar year. “This has been done consecutively since January 1, 1992,” the FO said. The practice of exchanging lists of nuclear installation has endured despite many lows in bilateral ties.
Pakistan’s President Arif Alvi, in a recent interview, stated that their country’s atomic weapon arsenal is only for peace. “Pakistan has been making positive gestures, doing practical measures, and Pakistan is showing the will [that] it wants peace with India,” a report by Al Jazeera quoted Arif Alvi as saying. In the month of February 2018, Pakistan reportedly assured the International Atomic Energy Agency of implementing the Guideline and Code of Conduct on the Import and Export of Radioactive Sources. Pakistan added that they are being implemented since 2005.
(With Agency inputs)