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India, Pak exchange lists of N-installations
Rajeev Sharma
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 1
India and Pakistan today exchanged lists of nuclear installations and facilities through diplomatic channels simultaneously at New Delhi and Islamabad. It is one of the oldest confidence-building measures (CBMs) between India and Pakistan that has been working well since it came into force 16 years ago.

Interestingly, it is a bilateral process, not a multilateral one, and is aimed at instilling confidence in each other that the two countries’ nuclear installations and facilities will not be attacked.

Under this arrangement, India and Pakistan hand over each other the list of such facilities which are essentially non-military. These installations are mainly nuclear power plants and research reactors. The list also gives the geographical coordinates - longitude and latitude - of each facility covered under the agreement.

The list does not cover defence installations.

The exchange was done under a bilateral Agreement on the Prohibition of Attack against Nuclear Installations and Facilities which was signed on December 31, 1988, and came into force on January 27, 1991. Under the agreement, the two countries, on first January of every calendar year, are to inform each other of nuclear installations and facilities to be covered by the agreement.

The first such exchange of lists took place on January 1, 1992. This is the sixteenth consecutive time that both countries have exchanged such a list.

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