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DATE=6/24/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-251041 TITLE=INDIA/KASHMIR (L-ONLY) BYLINE=ANJANA PASRICHA DATELINE=NEW DELHI CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: THE INDIAN ARMY INTENSIFIED ITS MILITARY OFFENSIVE IN KASHMIR THURSDAY WITH MORE AIR STRIKES AND ARTILLERY BATTLES AIMED AT EVICTING WHAT INDIA SAYS ARE MOSTLY REGULAR PAKISTANI TROOPS IN ITS TERRITORY. ANJANA PASRICHA REPORTS FROM NEW DELHI, THE INDIAN PRIME MINISTER SAYS INDIA WILL NOT CROSS THE LINE OF CONTROL THAT DIVIDES KASHMIR BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES. TEXT: THE INDIAN ARMY SAYS ITS MILITARY OPERATION IS CONCENTRATING ON REGAINING KEY HEIGHTS THAT HAVE BEEN CAPTURED BY ARMED INTRUDERS. THE AIR FORCE SAYS IT HAS MADE EFFECTIVE STRIKES AGAINST GUERRILLA STRONGHOLDS. TROOPS ARE ALSO ENGAGED IN MOPPING UP OPERATIONS ON SNOW-CAPPED PEAKS THAT HAVE BEEN RECAPTURED IN RECENT DAYS. ACCORDING TO DEFENSE OFFICIALS, INTELLIGENCE REPORTS INDICATE NEARLY 800 ISLAMIC MILITANTS ARE MASSED CLOSE TO THE BORDER IN PAKISTANI KASHMIR TO REINFORCE THE INTRUDERS IN INDIAN KASHMIR. DEFENSE SPOKESMAN COLONEL BIKRAM SINGH SAYS IT IS DIFFICULT TO PREVENT INFILTRATORS FROM CROSSING INTO INDIAN KASHMIR DUE TO THE MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN. ///INSERT SINGH ACT/// WE TRY AND GET HOLD OF THE IMPORTANT DOMINATING GROUNDS ... TO PREVENT THE ENEMY FROM COMING IN AND GETTING OUT. BUT IN A MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN OF THIS NATURE THEY CAN GET IN IN SMALL COLUMNS. /// END SINGH ACT /// MEANWHILE, INDIAN PRIME MINSITER ATAL BEHARI VAJPAYEE TOLD REPORTERS INDIA HAS NO INTENTIONS OF CROSSING THE LINE OF CONTROL. HIS COMMENT CAME AFTER SENIOR GOVERNMENT MINISTERS SAID IN RECENT DAYS THAT THE POSSIBILITY OF A WAR WITH PAKISTAN CANNOT BE RULED OUT. HOWEVER, FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN R.S. JASSAL SAYS NEW DELHI IS ONLY PREPARED TO HOLD TALKS WITH ISLAMABAD AFTER ARMED INTRUDERS WITHDRAW FROM INDIAN KASHMIR. THE SPOKESMAN'S STATEMENT CAME AFTER PAKISTANI PRIME MINISTER NAWAZ SHARIF CALLED FOR TALKS WITH INDIA. /// INSERT JASSAL ACT /// THE MOMENT THE ARMED INTRUSION IS REVERSED, AND THIS AGGRESSION THAT HAS BEEN COMMITTED HAS BEEN REVERSED, WE WOULD CONSIDER POSSIBILITIES OF PUTTING THE DIALOGUE BACK ON TRACK. /// END JASSAL ACT /// MR. JASSAL SAYS U-S DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE GIBSON LANPHER, WHO IS CURRENTLY VISITING ISLAMABAD, WILL ALSO VISIT NEW DELHI TO BRIEF OFFICIALS ABOUT TALKS HE HELD ON THE KASHMIR CONFLICT WITH PAKISTANI OFFICIALS. BUT MR. JASSAL STRESSED THAT THE US. OFFICIAL WILL NOT MEDIATE IN THE DISPUTE BETWEEN THE TWO HOSTILE NEIGHBORS. INDIA CONTINUES TO SUFFER HEAVY CASUALTIES IN ITS MILITARY OFFENSIVE. SO FAR 165 SOLDIERS AND OFFICERS HAVE BEEN KILLED AND 323 ARE WOUNDED IN THE MONTH-LONG OPERATION. INDIAN MILITARY STRATEGISTS SAY THE CASUALTIES ARE HIGH BECAUSE THE ARMED INTRUDERS HAVE THE STRATEGIC ADVANTAGE OF HEIGHT, WHICH ENABLES A SMALL NUMBER OF TROOPS TO DOMINATE A LARGE AREA. (SIGNED) NEB/AP/ENE/KL 24-Jun-99 10:15 AM EDT (1415 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .