India, Pakistan exchange list of prisoners

Kulbhushan Jadhav meets his family at the Foreign Office in Islamabad on Monday

A list of 54 Pakistani civilians and 4 fishermen who have completed their sentences in India was also handed over and Islamabad asked to speed up the confirmation of their nationality, it added.

Ms Swaraj said this to parliament's consultative committee on external affairs during a meeting, which was also attended by Minister of State for External Affairs M J Akbar and Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar, the Indian media reported.

Amid strained ties with Pakistan, the government has also ruled out a bilateral cricket series.

On the other hand, Pakistan also shared a list of 58 civilian prisoners and 399 fishermen lodged in its custody, who are Indians or believed to be Indians. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) filed a compensation claim of $70 million from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for not agreeing to play bilateral series as per the International Cricket Council's Future Tours Programme (FTP).

India has repeatedly emphasised the need for early release and repatriation of civilian prisoners.

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The exchange of the lists of prisoners comes days after Indian death-row prisoner Jadhav met his family on December 25 in Islamabad.

In January past year Pakistan had released 218 Indian fishermen as a goodwill gesture. New Delhi says Mr Jadhav was kidnapped in Iran, where he had legitimate business interests, and brought to Pakistan.

On information related to N-installations, the MEA said, "India and Pakistan today exchanged the list of nuclear installations and facilities covered under the Agreement on the Prohibition of Attack against Nuclear installations".

The annual exchange of the list of nuclear installations and facilities took place between Pakistan and India on Monday, said a statement issued by Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday.

Signed on December 31st, 1988, the agreement entered into force on January 27th, 1991, and establishes that the two countries must inform each other of the nuclear facilities to be protected.

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