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DATE=7/9/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-251597 TITLE=KASHMIR UPDATE BYLINE= PAMELA D'SOUZA DATELINE=NEW DELHI CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: MILITARY COMMANDERS IN INDIA SAY THEY HAVE MADE MAJOR PROGRESS IN ALL SECTORS OF INDIAN KASHMIR, WHERE THEY ARE FIGHTING WHAT THEY DESCRIBE AS PAKISTANI SOLDIERS AND ISLAMIC MILITANTS. PAMELA D'SOUZA REPORTS FROM NEW DELHI, THE INDIAN ARMY ALSO CLAIMS TO HAVE RECOVERED PAKISTANI DOCUMENTS CONFIRMING THE INVOLVEMENT OF THE PAKISTANI ARMY IN THE BATTLE. TEXT: INDIAN ARMY OFFICIALS SAY THEY HAVE SUCCESSFULLY EVICTED ENEMY FIGHTERS FROM THE MAIN BATTLE SECTORS OF BATALIK AND DRASS IN INDIAN KASHMIR IN THE PAST 48 HOURS. INDIAN DEFENSE SPOKESMAN COLONEL BIKRAM SINGH SAYS THE LATEST MILITARY OPERATIONS HAVE BEEN ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL SO FAR. // (OPT) SINGH ACT // IN THE LAST 48 HOURS 99 PERCENT OF THE INTRUSIONS HAVE BEEN CLEARED OF THE ENEMY OF (99 PERCENT OF THE ENEMY FORCES HAVE BEEN REMOVED FROM) THE BATALIK SECTOR. IN THIS SECTOR THE ENEMY HAD CAPTURED FOUR RIDGE LINES. // END ACT (END OPT) // MILITARY OFFICIALS SAY THEY HAVE INFLICTED HEAVY CASUALTIES ON THE ENEMY AND HAVE ALSO WEAKENED THE ENEMY MORALE BY CUTTING OFF CRUCIAL SUPPLY LINES. COLONEL SINGH SAID, THE INDIAN ARMY HAS GATHERED MORE PROOF TO CONFIRM THE INVOLVEMENT OF PAKISTANI SOLDIERS IN THE CONFLICT. IT HAS OBTAINED THIS PROOF, HE SAID, EVEN THOUGH THE PAKISTANI ARMY IS NOW TRYING TO REMOVE ALL SINGH INDICATING ITS INVOLVEMENT. // SINGH ACT // I IT HAS ALSO BEEN RELIABLY LEARNED THAT THE PAKISTANI ARMY HAD PASSED ORDERS FOR THE WITHDRAWAL OF ALL IDENTITY CARDS AND OTHER DOCUMENTS WHICH ARE IN THE POSSESSION OF THEIR SOLDIERS IN THE POCKETS OF INTRUSION. THIS HAS BEEN DONE PRIMARILY TO OBVIATE OUR GETTING ANY OTHER EVIDENCE TO FURTHER SUBSTANTIATE THE FULL-FLEDGED INVOLVEMENT OF THE PAKISTANI ARMY; IN ANY CASE THIS HAS ALREADY BEEN ESTABLISHED BEYOND DOUBT. // END ACT // COLONEL SINGH, HOWEVER, DID NOT MAKE THE DOCUMENTS PUBLIC. CALLING THE LATEST MILITARY OPERATIONS ONE OF THE MOST SPECTACULAR SO FAR, COLONEL SINGH SAID THE ARMY IS CONFIDENT THAT SOON IT WILL REGAIN CONTROL OF ALL AREAS OCCUPIED BY ISLAMIC MILITANTS AND PAKISTANI SOLDIERS. // SINGH ACT // WELL, (IN THE BATALIK SECTOR) WE ARE ABOUT 1.5 KILOMETERS (CLOSE TO THE BORDER) AS OF NOW AND MOVING FORWARD, THE TROOPS ARE MOVING FORWARD AND VERY SOON WE'LL BE ON THE LINE OF CONTROL. // END ACT // INDIAN MILITARY OFFICIALS SAY THEY WILL CONTINUE FIGHTING UNTIL THEY HAVE FORCED ALL THE INFILTRATORS TO WITHDRAW. (SIGNED) NEB/PD/AG/KL 09-Jul-99 12:09 PM EDT (1609 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .