Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's may have room to ease tensions with arch rival Pakistan, if his counterpart offered certain concessions such as the return of a captured pilot, a political analyst said Thursday.
Tensions between the two nuclear powers spiraled this week, after military planes from both sides carried out tit-for-tat air strikes in each other's territories, and as their troops traded fire along their de facto border in Kashmir. New Delhi and Islamabad also claimed to have brought down each other's military jets.
Pakistan also said an Indian pilot was taken into custody on Wednesday. Later, a video surfaced that appeared to show the captured pilot who was attacked by a mob and then paraded around by the Pakistani army. India's external affairs ministry said in a statement it "strongly objected to Pakistan's vulgar display of an injured personnel of the Indian Air Force" and accused Islamabad of violating the Geneva Convention, which calls for humane treatment of prisoners-of-war.
On Thursday morning, reports said the countries briefly exchanged fire in a district in Indian-occupied Kashmir. Pakistan has closed its airspace, which forced commercial airlines to reroute.