Pakistan and India on Monday exchanged the list of their nuclear installations and strategic facilities under the terms of an agreement which restricts the two countries from attacking each other’s atomic facilities in case of war, a statement from the Foreign Office said.
The annual exchange, which has been conducted on the first day of every new year since 1992, began after a December 1988 pact between the two rival states termed the ‘Agreement on Prohibition of Attacks against Nuclear Installations and Facilities between Pakistan and India’.
As part of the exchange, the Foreign Office handed over its list to the Indian High Commission while the Indian Ministry of External Affairs handed over a similar list to an officer of the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi.
Pakistan and India first exchanged the lists on January 1, 1992. Under the agreement, both the parties are to “refrain from undertaking, encouraging or participating in, directly or indirectly, any action aimed at causing the destruction of, or damage to, any nuclear installation or facility in the other country”.