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India and Pakistan interchange a list of their Nuclear Facilities under a Bilateral Contract

The annual India-Pakistan nuclear facilities list interchange takes place for the 26th time

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New Delhi, January 1, 2017: For the 26th consecutive year India and Pakistan interchanged a list of their nuclear facilities today under a bilateral contract that forbids them from attacking each other’s atomic installations.

“India and Pakistan today exchanged, through diplomatic channels simultaneously at New Delhi and Islamabad, the list of nuclear installations and facilities covered under the Agreement on the Prohibition of Attack against Nuclear Installations between India and Pakistan,” the Ministry of External Affairs stated.

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The agreement, which was signed on December 31, 1988 and entered into force on January 27, 1991, says the two countries inform each other of nuclear installations and facilities to be covered under the treaty on January 1 of every calendar year.

This is the 26th consecutive exchange of such list between the two countries. The first such interchange took place on January 1, 1992.

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The two countries also exchanged the lists of nationals (including civil prisoners and fishermen) of each country locked in their respective prisons as per provisions of the Agreement on Consular Access through diplomatic channels simultaneously at New Delhi and Islamabad, the MEA informed.

The agreement on consular access provides for exchanging a comprehensive list of nationals of each country lodged in their jails twice each year–on January 1 and July 1. This agreement was signed between the two countries on May 21, 2008,

India remains dedicated to addressing with Pakistan on priority the humanitarian matters, including those pertaining to prisoners and fishermen in each other’s country. In this context, we await from Pakistan confirmation of nationality of those in India’s custody who are otherwise compatible for release and repatriation.

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The MEA statement says, “We also await consular access to those Indian nationals in Pakistan’s custody for whom it has so far not been provided including Hamid Nehal Ansari and Kulbhushan Jadhav”.

Jadhav had been captured by the Pakistani security forces from Balochistan in March and allegedly  was “a serving officer in the Indian Navy and deputed to the Indian intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).” Pakistan has accused Jadhav of planning “subversive activities” in the country.

India has agrees to the fact that Jadhav had been a part of the navy. But his dubious connections with the government have been denied.

Pakistan has rejected India’s request for consular access to Jadhav whom Pakistan claimed to be a RAW insider so far.

Ansari had crossed over illegally to Pakistan from Afghanistan in 2012 reportedly to meet someone he had befriended online and then went missing. He was arrested and tried later by a Pakistani military court which found him guilty of espionage.

– prepared by Durba Mandal of NewsGram. Twitter: @dubumerang

 

 

 

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Pakistan's isolation is complete and Imran Khan's last minute attempt to speak to Donald Trump also appears to have failed

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By restating its position on how Pakistan remains a rogue state indulging in unabashed state sponsored terror through proxies. Pixabay

On Friday morning, India secured a major diplomatic victory at the UN by reiterating its unequivocal position on Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan being the cradle of terror. By restating its position on how Pakistan remains a rogue state indulging in unabashed state sponsored terror through proxies, India once again notched up major brownie points with the world community at large. Pakistan’s isolation is complete and Imran Khan’s last minute attempt to speak to Donald Trump also appears to have failed.The most important part is that the UN Security Council acknowledged India’s measures to bring normalcy and development to Kashmir and wants all countries to follow suit. The piece de resistance came from Indias Permanent Representative to UN Syed Akbaruddin, who said: “We are gratified that the Security Council in its closed consultations appreciated these efforts, acknowledged them and indicated that this is the direction in which they would like the international community to move.”

India’s diplomatic encirclement of Pakistan has been a success with the primacy of its position over Jammu and Kashmir being undisputed and unchallenged. Barring China, the world has accepted India’s position including the Arab world, formerly sponsors and supporters of Pakistan. But it is clear that even they are fed up.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi talking to IANS earlier this week said: “I feel that there are two aspects to this. First, a certain section of people believed that my government — and I personally — would fail on the foreign policy front not just in the Gulf region, but also in the wider context. The reality is that my government’s successful track record on foreign policy across the world is there for everyone to see. In fact, after assuming office in 2014, the very first Foreign Minister my government received on an official visit was that of the Sultanate of Oman. So, what others thought of me, and what the reality turned out to be, is for them to introspect.”

Prime Minister Modi doesn’t get adequate credit for this outreach but as he explained: “I think our policy has succeeded to a large extent because of this outreach, this constant engagement. We have not allowed any miscommunication, any doubts to play spoilsport. We have been very open with all the countries, and they have also reciprocated with warmth and friendship. I firmly believe that India and the Gulf countries have only begun to explore the true potential of a partnership which will go far beyond mutual benefits and can anchor peace, progress and prosperity not only in our common and extended neighbourhood but also in the larger world.”

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On Friday morning, India secured a major diplomatic victory at the UN by reiterating its unequivocal position on Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan being the cradle of terror. Pixabay

Even as Pakistan has upscaled ‘Ceasefire Violations’ both in terms of weapon and area in dimension over the last a few days, India has met fire with fire keeping a red alert vigil on the LoC. With a successful lockdown in progress in the Kashmir Valley and use of the Westphalian sovereignty template, India has managed to convince the world that its policy imperatives on the newly designed Union Territory are noble. The fact that not a single incident of violence has resulted is an equally bigger win.

Meanwhile, Pakistan’s single minded obsession appears to show Kashmir as a potential flashpoint to seek world attention. This has been tamped down with India’s delicate handling of the situation. While the closed door meeting has turned into an acceptance of the Indian viewpoint, Pakistan is expected to continue pushing the envelope.

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With the UN General Assembly scheduled to commence shortly, Pakistan’s ploy of playing the victim card may not exactly get traction with the world given the toxic state’s track record as the global centrifugal force of jihadis. A new tactic being used this time by Pakistan is to escalate ceasefire violations so that the world may take due notice that Kashmir and the border is a dangerous place. With Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh calling Pakistan’s bluff by rescinding the NFN – no first nuke – option on Friday, a new resolute and more muscular India put on its fresh aggressive game face. (IANS)