Why is the UAE taking the ‘risk’ of mediation between India and Pakistan?

  • Shakeel Anwar
  • BBC Bungalow Service

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Prince Muhammad bin Zayed, ruler of Abu Dhabi

The extremist attack in Pulwama in Indian-administered Kashmir in February 2019 brought the two South Asian nuclear powers, India and Pakistan, very close to war. At least 40 Indian soldiers were killed in the attack.

Although the war did not take place, there was definitely a stabilization in India-Pakistan relations.

A few months later that year, on August 5, 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government repealed Article 0 and 0 of the Constitution and revoked the special status of Kashmir. After this incident, the already tense relations between the two countries deteriorated further.

But over the last two months the snow has suddenly begun to melt. The first sign of this came to light on February 25 this year when an unusual meeting between the military officials of the two countries decided to abide by the 2003 ceasefire agreement on the Line of Control in Kashmir.

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