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

  • Shakeel Anwar
  • BBC Bangla Services

Prince Muhammad bin Zaid, ruler of Abu Dhabi

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Prince Muhammad bin Zaid, ruler of Abu Dhabi

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

Although there was no war, but there was definitely a stagnation in the relations between India and Pakistan.

A few months later that year, i.e. on August 5, 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government repealed Article 370 of the Constitution and abolished the special status of Kashmir. After this incident, the already tense relations between the two countries worsened even more.

But during the last two months, snow has suddenly started melting. The first hint of this came to light on 25 February this year when it was decided to abide by the 2003 ceasefire agreement along the Line of Control in Kashmir, in an unusual meeting between the military officials of the two countries.