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DATE=5/27/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-249849 TITLE=INDIA / KASHMIR / AIRSTRIKES / S BYLINE=JIM TEEPLE DATELINE=NEW DELHI CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: INDIA THURSDAY LAUNCHED A NEW WAVE OF AIRSTRIKES IN KASHMIR AGAINST WHAT IT DESCRIBES AS "INFILTRATORS," DUG IN ON HIGH GROUND ON THE INDIAN BORDER WITH KASHMIR. V-O-A'S JIM TEEPLE REPORTS PAKISTAN IS CALLING THE AIR RAIDS VERY SERIOUS AND SAYS IT HAS RESERVED THE RIGHT TO RETALIATE. TEXT: A NEW WAVE OF JET FIGHTERS ROARED OVER THE VILLAGES OF KARGIL AND DRAS THURSDAY, TARGETING SOME OF THE SAME AREAS THAT WERE HIT WEDNESDAY. THE AREA IS ABOUT 200 KILOMETERS NORTHEAST OF SRINIGAR -- THE SUMMER CAPITAL OF INDIA'S JAMMU AND KASHMIR STATE. AIR COMMODORE SUBASH BHAJWAN, WHO DIRECTS OFFENSIVE OPERATIONS FOR THE INDIAN AIR FORCE, SAYS INDIA IS TAKING ALL NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS NOT TO STRIKE PAKISTANI TERRITORY. // BHAJWAN ACTUALITY // WE ARE RESTRICTING OUR AIR OPERATIONS WELL CLEAR OF THE "LINE OF CONTROL." THIS IS OUR TERRITORY. IT IS UNDER OUR CONTROL. IT IS MARKED ON THE MAP. // END ACTUALITY // COMMODORE BHAJWAN AND OTHER SENIOR OFFICIALS SAY INDIA WILL NOT TOLERATE ANY INTERFERENCE WITH ITS CURRENT AIR OPERATIONS. ANY ESCALATION OF THE CURRENT CONFLICT THEY SAY WILL BE ENTIRELY THE RESPONSIBILITY OF PAKISTAN. (SIGNED) NEB / JLT / WD / WD 27-May-99 1:33 AM EDT (0533 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .