India, Pakistan exchange list of nuclear installations

Sushma Swaraj

India, Pakistan exchange list of nuclear installations

India awaits consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav and other Indian nationals in Pakistans custody, the external affairs ministry said today, as it exchanged with Islamabad the list of civilian prisoners and fishermen lodged in each others jails.

The ministry of external affairs said that on Monday lists of 250 civilian prisoners and 94 fishermen were handed over to Pakistan.

During the meeting, Sushma also said that she had met Pakistan's envoy to India and proposed to him that both countries release the prisoners who are above 70 years of age or women or of unsound mind as part of humanitarian aspect of the relationship, a member who was present in the meeting said.

India has reiterated its demand for consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav and Hamid Nehal Ansari, both now in custody in Pakistan, as the two countries exchanged lists of prisoners being held in each other's jails, reported the Indian media on Monday.

India said a juvenile, Hasnain, whose nationality was verified by Pakistan, was repatriated on Monday through the Attari-Wagah border. Meanwhile, the 2005-06 series remains India's last visit of Pakistan, with the Men in Blue failing to honour at least two bilateral series despite the existence of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the two countries' cricket boards.

The exchange of lists comes days after a meeting between Jadhav, sentenced to death on spying and terror charges, and his family in Islamabad sparked a verbal war.

This is the twenty seventh consecutive exchange of such a list between the two countries, the first one having taken place on January 1, 1992. New Delhi says Mr Jadhav was kidnapped in Iran, where he had legitimate business interests, and brought to Pakistan.

His letter, released to the media on Sunday, says Malik was "touched" by Sushma's December 28 speech in Parliament about the harsh treatment meted out to Jadhav's family in Pakistan.

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