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DATE=7/6/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-251485 TITLE=INDIA/KASHMIR (L-O) BYLINE=ANJANA PASRICHA DATELINE=NEW DELHI CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: FIERCE FIGHTING CONTINUES IN INDIAN KASHMIR, AS INDIA SAYS THERE IS NO SIGN OF ISLAMIC FIGHTERS LEAVING ITS TERRITORY. NEW DELHI IS RULING OUT A CEASEFIRE UNTIL ALL INTRUDERS WITHDRAW FROM THE HIMALAYAN REGION. ANJANA PASRICHA HAS A REPORT ON THE KASHMIR CRISIS FROM THE INDIAN CAPITAL. TEXT: INDIAN OFFICIALS SAY THERE IS NO SIGN OF MUSLIM FIGHTERS WITHDRAWING FROM INDIAN KASHMIR. HOME MINISTER L-K ADVANI SAYS MILITARY OPERATIONS IN THE HIMALAYAN REGION WILL CONTINUE, UNTIL EVERY INTRUDER IS EVICTED FROM INDIAN TERRITORY. FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN RAMINDER JASSAL SAYS NEW DELHI IS WAITING TO SEE EVIDENCE FIGHTERS ARE BEING WITHDRAWN FROM INDIAN KASHMIR AS PROMISED BY THE PAKISTANI PRIME MINISTER. /// INSERT JASSAL ACT /// WE DO NOT HAVE ANY EVIDENCE ON THE GROUND OF PAKISTANI FORCES OR THE EXTREMIST ELEMENTS UNDER THEIR COMMAND AND MANAGEMENT WITHDRAWING FROM THE RESIDUAL AREAS UNDER THEIR OCCUPATION. IT IS FOR THE PAKISTAN SIDE TO DECIDE AND SHOW SOME EVIDENCE ON THE GROUND OF THE WITHDRAWAL OF THEIR REGULARS AND THE EXTREMIST ELEMENTS. /// END JASSAL ACT /// AS INDIA WAITS FOR THE FIGHTERS TO LEAVE, THERE IS NO LET-UP IN ITS MILITARY OFFENSIVE. INDIAN FORCES HAVE MOVED THE FOCUS OF THEIR OPERATIONS TO KASHMIR'S BATALIK REGION -- THE LAST OF THREE MAJOR SECTORS ALONG A 140-KILOMETER-LONG BORDER WHERE FIGHTING IS TAKING PLACE. DEFENSE OFFICIALS SAY TROOPS HAVE CAPTURED THREE MOUNTAIN PEAKS IN BATALIK AFTER FIERCE BATTLES. THEY SAY INTRUDERS HAVE BEEN PUSHED TO WITHIN THREE-KILOMETERS OF THE KASHMIR BORDER. INTENSE CROSS-BORDER ARTILLERY SHELLING CONTINUES ALONG THE BATTLE-FRONT. TENSION ALSO REMAINS HIGH ON THE DIPLOMATIC FRONT BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES. INDIA SAYS ONE OF ITS EMBASSY EMPLOYEES IN ISLAMABAD HAS BEEN ABDUCTED AND MISTREATED BY PAKISTAN. ISLAMABAD SAYS TWO OF ITS EMBASSY OFFICIALS IN NEW DELHI HAVE ALSO BEEN ABDUCTED AND MISTREATED BY INDIA. MEANWHILE, INDIAN OFFICIALS AND MEDIA ARE CALLING PAKISTANI PRIME MINISTER NAWAZ SHARIF'S AGREEMENT WITH PRESIDENT CLINTON TO WITHDRAW FIGHTERS FROM INDIAN KASHMIR A DIPLOMATIC VICTORY FOR NEW DELHI. BUT THERE IS SPECULATION WHETHER THE PAKISTANI PRIME MINISTER CAN DELIVER ON PROMISES TO WITHDRAW FIGHTERS FROM KASHMIR IN THE FACE OF OPPOSITION FROM THE PAKISTANI ARMY AND FUNDAMENTALIST GROUPS. INDIA SAYS REGULAR PAKISTANI ARMY TROOPS ARE AMONG THE INTRUDERS, BUT PAKISTANI OFFICIALS DENY INVOLVEMENT WITH THE FIGHTERS. THE TOLL IN THE MILITARY OPERATION CONTINUES TO MOUNT. INDIA HAS LOST 283 SOLDIERS AND OFFICERS. ANOTHER 451 ARE WOUNDED. INDIA ALSO SAYS IT HAS INFLICTED HEAVY CASUALTIES ON THE MUSLIM FIGHTERS. (SIGNED) NEB/AP/LTD/RAE 06-Jul-99 9:17 AM EDT (1317 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .