Islamabad and New Delhi have issued diplomatic visas to each other’s diplomats after a gap of around 28 months as both sides are trying to normalize ties that have been on ice since 2019 when a suicide bomber targeted a military convoy in Indian illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).
Later that year, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi withdrew IIOJK’s semi-autonomous status to tighten his grip over the occupied territory, provoking outrage in Pakistan and the downgrading of diplomatic ties and suspension of bilateral trade.
Pakistan and India have issued a large number of diplomatic visas to each other’s diplomatic staff in recent weeks. Both countries have issued visas on all applications submitted by March 15 this year.
Pakistan issued visas to 33 Indian officials, while seven Pakistani diplomats received assignment visas from India.