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DATE=5/30/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-249986 TITLE=INDIA / KASHMIR FIGHTING (L-ONLY) BYLINE=ANJANA PASRICHA DATELINE=NEW DELHI CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: INDIA SAYS ITS MILITARY OPERATION IN KASHMIR IS IN FULL SWING. THE INDIAN ARMED FORCES ARE TARGETING GUERRILLA POSITIONS OCCUPIED BY WHAT IT SAYS ARE INFILTRATORS FROM PAKISTAN. ANJANA PASRICHA HAS DETAILS FROM NEW DELHI ON THE FIFTH DAY OF INDIA'S MILITARY OPERATION. TEXT: DEFENSE SPOKESMAN, MAJOR GENERAL J.J. SINGH SAYS JETS AND HELICOPTER GUNSHIPS, AS WELL AS GROUND TROOPS ARE CONTINUING THE MILITARY OPERATION ON HIGH MOUNTAIN PEAKS ALONG THE KASHMIR BORDER "RELENTLESSLY." ///INSERT SINGH ACT/// THE JOINT OPERATIONS AGAINST THE INTRUDERS IN THE KARGIL SECTOR HAVE CONTINUED RELENTLESSLY AND WITH FULL ZEAL, AND INTELLIGENCE REPORTS AND FEEDBACK FROM THE GROUND TROOPS INDICATES STEADY PROGRESS IN ALL SECTORS. ///END SINGH ACT/// OFFICIALS SAY MOST OF THE LOWER RIDGES IN THE DRAS, BATALIK AND KARGIL REGIONS ON THE INDIAN BORDER HAVE BEEN CLEARED OF INFILTRATORS. AN ARMY COMMANDER IN THE DRAS REGION SAYS TROOPS ARE NOW BRACING FOR HAND-TO-HAND COMBAT AS THEY DRAW CLOSER TO THE GUERRILLA CAMPS. AN INDIAN ARMY OFFICER WAS KILLED IN THIS TYPE OF FIGHTING THIS WEEKEND. BUT DEFENSE OFFICIALS ALSO SAY, INDIAN TROOPS ARE PREPARING FOR A PROLONGED OFFENSIVE AGAINST HEAVILY-ARMED GUERRILLAS WHO ARE ENTRENCHED ON THE HIGHER PEAKS. THERE HAS BEEN LITTLE MILITARY ACTIVITY IN THIS AREA -- AND REINFORCEMENTS OF TROOPS AND SUPPLIES ARE BEING SENT TO THE REGION. AIR MARSHAL S.K. MALIK SAYS THE AIR FORCE HAS TO CONTEND WITH DIFFICULT TARGETS ALONG A 140 KILOMETER SECTION OF THE INDIA-PAKISTAN BORDER WHERE THE FIGHTING IS TAKING PLACE. ///INSERT MALIK ACT/// THERE ARE HEIGHTS IN THESE AREAS, THERE ARE RIDGES, THERE ARE VALLEYS. SOME OF THOSE INTRUDERS ARE ON TOP OF THOSE MOUNTAINS, WE HAVE TO KNOW WHERE THEY ARE. WE HAVE TO TACKLE THEM FIRST FROM THE AIR, AND THEN ONLY THE GROUND FORCES WILL MOVE IN AND OCCUPY. IN A TERRAIN LIKE THIS. IT IS AN EFFORT WHICH WILL TAKE A LITTLE TIME. ///END MALIK ACT/// ON SUNDAY THE MILITARY OPENED THE AIRPORT AT SRINAGAR -- THE SUMMER CAPITAL OF KASHMIR -- TO CIVILIAN FLIGHTS FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE AIR STRIKES BEGAN WEDNESDAY. MEANWHILE INDIA SAYS IT IS CONSIDERING PAKISTAN'S OFFER OF SENDING ITS FOREIGN MINISTER TO NEW DELHI FOR TALKS. INDIA AND PAKISTAN HAVE FOUGHT TWO OF THEIR THREE WARS OVER KASHMIR. BOTH SIDES SAY THEY DO NOT WANT THE CURRENT CONFLICT TO ESCALATE -- BUT INDIA SAYS IT IS DETERMINED TO REGAIN ITS TERRITORY THAT IS OCCUPIED BY THE GUERRILLAS. (SIGNED) NEB/AP/PLM 30-May-99 5:44 AM EDT (0944 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .