India seeks consular access to Jadhav, Ansari


India has reiterated its demand for consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav and Hamid Nehal Ansari, both currently 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.

Spy Jadhav is currently on death row after a military court gave him capital punishment for involvement in espionage. Ansari, who was arrested after he illegally entered Pakistan in 2012 to meet a woman he befriended on social media, was given a three-year prison term by a military court that will end in December.

“We also await consular access to those Indian nationals in Pakistan’s custody for whom it has so far not been provided, including Kulbhushan Jadhav and Hamid Nehal Ansari,” said the statement of the Indian External Affairs Ministry.

On Monday, India and Pakistan also exchanged the lists of nuclear installations and facilities covered under the bilateral Agreement on the Prohibition of Attack against Nuclear Installations, said the Hindustan Times.

The agreement, which was signed in December 1988 and entered into force in January 1991, states that the two countries should inform each other of nuclear installations and facilities to be covered under the pact on January 1 every calendar year. This was the 27th consecutive exchange of such lists between the two sides since 1992.



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