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DATE=6/24/99 TYPE=CORESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-251030 TITLE=INDIA / PAK / KASHMIR / S BYLINE=JIM TEEPLE DATELINE=NEW DELHI CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: INDIA'S DEFENSE MINISTER SAYS ABOUT 80 PERCENT OF THE GUERRILLAS WHO ENTERED INDIAN TERRITORY IN KASHMIR ARE REGULAR PAKISTANI ARMY TROOPS. V-O-A'S JIM TEEPLE REPORTS FROM NEW DELHI, INDIA'S TOP ARMY COMMANDER SAYS CROSSING THE LINE OF CONTROL -- WHICH DIVIDES KASHMIR BETWEEN INDIA AND PAKISTAN -- COULD BECOME A MILITARY OPTION; BUT ONLY IF INDIA'S CABINET APPROVES. TEXT: INDIAN ARMY CHIEF OF STAFF V-P MALIK SAYS INDIA CONSTANTLY REVIEWS ITS POLICY ON CROSSING THE LINE OF CONTROL -- THE CEASEFIRE LINE WHICH DIVIDES KASHMIR. GENERAL MALIK SAYS NO DECISION HAS BEEN TAKEN TO CROSS THE LINE OF CONTROL, BUT CROSSING IT COULD BECOME A MILITARY OPTION, IF INDIA'S CABINET GIVES ITS APPROVAL. GENERAL MALIK SAYS THERE IS NO QUESTION ABOUT WHO HIS TROOPS ARE FIGHTING IN KASHMIR. // MALIK ACTUALITY // WE HAVE NO DOUBT THAT THE PRESENT OPERATION WAS CONCEIVED PLANNED AND EXECUTED BY PAKISTANI ARMY REGULARS. // END ACTUALITY // PAKISTAN DENIES ITS TROOPS ARE FIGHTING IN KASHMIR OR THAT IT GIVES ASSISTANCE TO GUERRILLAS INSIDE INDIA'S TERRITORY. (SIGNED) NEB / JLT / WD 24-Jun-99 3:00 AM EDT (0700 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .