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    Fresh Shelling After Pakistan Returns Indian Pilot

    The Friday “peace gesture” repatriation of Abhinandan Varthaman, captured during a dramatic escalation between Indian and Pakistani warplanes this week, let the world breathe easier. Concerns about the nuclear-armed neighbors were stoked earlier by a video showing the downed wing commander being beaten near his crash site. But then, images emerged of him calling his captors “thorough gentleman” and drinking chai.

    Is it over? Unlikely. Two-way artillery barrages were reported today in Kashmir, and with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi facing April elections, backing down isn’t a good look.

    Don’t miss OZY’s Special Briefing on the India-Pakistan skirmish.

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