Abdul Basit served as Pakistan’s high commissioner to India from 2014 to 2017. Geo.tv talks to the retired diplomat about a recent suicide bombing that killed 46 paramilitary policemen in Indian-occupied Kashmir and brought the two nuclear-powered South Asian rivals dangerously close to war.
Excerpts:Q. You were Pakistan’s high commissioner to India at the time of the Uri attack of 2016. How do you see last month’s standoff, between the two adversaries, in comparison to the one in the aftermath of Uri? A. Unlike Mumbai and Pathankot, both Uri and Pulwama are a part of Indian-occupied Kashmir. The Uri attack occurred in the run-up to elections in Uttar Pradesh, the most populous Indian state, in which the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was able to clinch an unprecedented victory. While, the Pulwama attack happened just two months before the Lok SabHa elections in India. It remains to be seen how this plays out for the BJP in upcoming elections.