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DATE=6/4/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-250224 TITLE=INDIA/FIGHTING (L-ONLY) BYLINE=ANJANA PASRICHA DATELINE=NEW DELHI CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: INDIAN AUTHORITIES ARE ACCUSING PAKISTAN OF ATTEMPTING TO ALTER THE SO-CALLED LINE OF CONTROL THAT DIVIDES KASHMIR BETWEEN INDIA AND PAKISTAN WITH THE HELP OF ARMED GUERRILLAS AGAINST WHOM NEW DELHI HAS LAUNCHED A MASSIVE MILITARY OPERATION. FROM NEW DELHI ANJANA PASRICHA REPORTS, THE INDIAN AIR AND GROUND OFFENSIVE IN KASHMIR IS IN ITS TENTH DAY. TEXT: INDIA'S FOREIGN MINISTRY HAS STRONGLY OBJECTED TO COMMENTS MADE BY PAKISTAN FOREIGN MINISTER, SARTAZ AZIZ, THAT THE LINE OF CONTROL BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES IS NOT CLEARLY DEFINED. IN A STATEMENT, FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN RAMINDER JASSAL SAYS THE LINE OF CONTROL IS NOT SUBJECT TO NEGOTIATION, AND ITS INTERPRETATION HAS NEVER BEEN QUESTIONED BY EITHER COUNTRY. /// INSERT JASSAL ACT /// IT IS SIGNIFICANT THAT SUCH FUNDAMENTAL ISSUES ARE BEING RAISED IN THE WAKE OF PAKISTAN'S ARMED INTRUSION AND AGGRESSION IN THE KARGIL SECTOR. THE COMMENTS OF THE PAKISTAN FOREIGN MINISTER ARE EVIDENTLY A DEMONSTRATION OF THEIR DESIGNS TO MANUFACTURE A RATIONALE FOR AGGRESSION AND TO GAIN FOR IT AN EX-POST FACTO RESPECTABILITY. /// END JASSAL ACT /// THE 740-KILOMETER LINE-OF-CONTROL SNAKES THROUGH THE HIGH MOUNTAINS OF KASHMIR. ACCORDING TO MR. JASSAL, MAPS EXCHANGED BETWEEN MILITARY AUTHORITIES OF THE TWO COUNTRIES IN 1972 HAVE CLEARLY DELINEATED THIS BOUNDARY -- AND THIS WILL NOT BE THE SUBJECT OF DISCUSSION WITH PAKISTAN. MR. AZIZ HAS PROPOSED VISITING INDIA NEXT WEEK TO DISCUSS THE CURRENT CRISIS. INDIA SAYS IT IS STILL DECIDING ON THE EXACT DATES OF THE VISIT. MR. JASSAL ALSO SAID INDIAN PRIME MINISTER ATAL BEHARI VAJPAYEE HAS RECEIVED A LETTER FROM PRESIDENT CLINTON REGARDING THE KARGIL CONFLICT. HE DID NOT GO INTO DETAIL ON WHAT THE U-S PRESIDENT TOLD THE INDIAN GOVERNMENT ABOUT THE CONFLICT -- BUT HE DID SAY PRESIDENT CLINTON HAS CALLED UPON PAKISTAN TO DEFUSE THE CRISIS. ///INSERT JASSAL ACT/// IN THE LETTER PRESIDENT CLINTON HAS INTIMATED THAT HE HAS ALSO WRITTEN TO THE PRIME MINISTER OF PAKISTAN CALLING UPON PAKISTAN TO TAKE IMMEDIATE STEPS TO DEFUSE THE CRISIS AND TO RESPECT THE LINE OF CONTROL. ///END JASSAL ACT/// MEANWHILE INDIA CONTINUED AIR STRIKES FOR THE TENTH DAY TO REGAIN TERRITORY THAT HAS BEEN CAPTURED BY GUERRILLAS. INDIAN OFFICIALS IN KASHMIR ALSO SAY THEY HAVE INTELLIGENCE THAT AS MANY AS TWO TO THREE THOUSAND MORE INFILTRATORS ARE POISED TO ENTER INDIAN KASHMIR FROM PAKISTAN. ACCORDING TO INDIAN DEFENSE OFFICIALS IN KARGIL, THEY HAVE RECOVERED THE BODIES OF THREE PAKISTANI SOLDIERS, IDENTIFIED BY PAPERS FOUND ON THEM. AN INDIAN FIGHTER PILOT HELD BY PAKISTAN FOR MORE THAN A WEEK HAS BEEN RETURNED TO INDIA. ANALYSTS HAD HOPED HIS RELEASE WOULD SET THE STAGE FOR TALKS BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES -- BUT INDIA SAYS A MEANINGFUL DIALOGUE CAN ONLY TAKE PLACE IF PAKISTAN AGREES TO RESPECT THE SANCTITY OF THE LINE OF CONTROL. (SIGNED) NEB/AP/LTD 04-Jun-99 10:08 AM EDT (1408 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .