After a gap of around 28 months, Pakistan and India have reinstated the assignment of diplomatic visasas. Pakistan’s ties with India were on the lowest trajectory since 2019 when a suicide bombing of a military convoy in Indian illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) led to India sending warplanes to Pakistan.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi responded to it by withdrawing IIOJK’s semi-autonomous status. This provoked intense outrage in Pakistan and the downgrading of diplomatic ties with the suspension of bilateral trade.
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Both countries have issued visas on all applications submitted by March 15 this year and a large number of these were assigned to their diplomatic staff. 33 Indian officials received visas from Pakistan.
Both countries are likely to issue more visas to each other’s diplomats. A backchannel talk convened in Dubai this year in January between Islamabad and New Delhi in an attempt to normalise relations. This was exemplified through a joint cease-fire announced by both countries in February.
This mediation was led by UAE, who confirmed in April that it’s catering to the negotiating process between the two nuclear powers. Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba said in a virtual discussion with Stanford University’s Hoover Institution that “They might not sort of becoming best friends but at least we want to get it to a level where it’s functional, where it’s operational, where they are speaking to each other.”
— Currentpak (@_currentpak) August 23, 2021