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Pressure now on Modi to help defuse India-Pakistan crisis

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at CSIR Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology 2016-18 ceremony at Vigyan Bhavan on February 28, 2019
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi, on Feb. 28, 2019. Photo: Mohd Zakir/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Pakistan and India came closer to the precipice of war this week than they have in decades, and may have farther yet to go.

What to watch: Following Pakistan’s announcement that it would release a captured Indian pilot on Friday as a gesture of goodwill, opening the door for de-escalation, the ball is now in Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s court. His next step will determine whether these two nuclear-armed neighbors head for war or take a tentative step toward negotiations.