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DATE=7/10/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-251613 TITLE=INDIA / PAKISTAN (L-ONLY) BYLINE=ANJANA PASRICHA DATELINE=NEW DELHI CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: INDIA SAYS IT HAS EVICTED MUSLIM FIGHTERS FROM ITS TERRITORY IN TWO OF THE FOUR SECTORS OF KASHMIR WHERE IT IS CONDUCTING A MILITARY OFFENSIVE AGAINST ISLAMIC FIGHTERS FROM KASHMIR. ANJANA PASRICHA REPORTS FROM NEW DELHI, FIERCE FIGHTING CONTINUES IN OTHER AREAS IN THE HIMALAYAN REGION, AS PAKISTAN APPEALS TO MUSLIM INSURGENTS TO RESOLVE THE CRISIS. TEXT: INDIAN DEFENSE OFFICIALS SAY ENEMY FIGHTERS HAVE BEEN BEATEN BACK ACROSS THE BORDER IN KASHMIR'S BATALIK AND DRAS SECTORS, TWO OF THE FOUR SECTORS WHERE INIDA IS CONDUTING MILITARY OPERATIONS. THEY SAY INDIAN TROOPS NOW OCCUPY ALL FOUR MOUNTAIN RIDGES WHICH HAD BEEN CAPTURED BY INTRUDERS IN BATALIK. INDIA IS DESCRIBING THE LATEST OPERATIONS AS SIGNIFICANT GAINS. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME INDIA HAS CLAIMED REACHING THE SO-CALLED LINE OF CONTROL THAT DIVIDES KASHMIR BETWEEN INDIA AND PAKISTAN. IN A STATEMENT, DEFENSE MINISTER. GEORGE FERNANDES SAYS THE ENEMY HAS BEEN ROUTED, AND IS ON THE RUN. INDIA IS CONDUCTING ITS MILITARY OFFENSIVE ALONG A 180-KILOMETER LONG BATTLEFRONT. THE ARMY SAYS WITH THE SUCCESS IN BATALIK, TWO OF THESE ZONES ARE NOW ALMOST CLEAR. BUT THERE IS FIERCE FIGHTING IN OTHER REGIONS WHERE MUSLIM INTRUDERS CONTINUE TO CONTROL SEVERAL HIGH PEAKS. THE ARMY IS NOW FOCUSING ATTENTION ON THE MUSKHOH VALLEY, WHERE HUNDREDS OF PARATROOPER COMMANDOS ARE GATHERED AROUND AN ARMY BASE -- WAITING TO STORM GUERRILLA POSITIONS. SCORES OF INDIAN SOLDIERS HAVE BEEN WOUNDED IN THE FIGHTING HERE. IT IS ALMOST A WEEK SINCE PAKISTANI PRIME MINISTER NAWAZ SHARIF PROMISED TO TAKE STEPS TO WITHDRAW INTRUDERS FROM INDIAN KASHMIR. SINCE THEN THE FIGHTING HAS ESCALATED. INDIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN RAMINDER JASSAL SAYS NEW DELHI HAS SEEN NO SIGNS OF THE FIGHTERS WITHDRAWING -- AND WILL CONTINUE WITH ITS MILITARY OPERATION UNTIL THEY ARE EVICTED FROM INDIAN KASHMIR. ///BEGIN JASSAL ACT/// WE HAVE A TASK AT HAND FOR WHICH THE MILITARY OPERATIONS ARE GOING ON, THE AIRFORCE AND ARMY OPERATIONS ARE GOING ON, AND WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF EVICTING THE INTRUDERS AND AGRESSORS FROM OUR SIDE OF THE LINE OF CONTROL. ///END JASSAL ACT/// INDIA SAYS THE FIGHTERS ARE MAINLY PAKISTANI SOLDIERS, ALONG WITH SOME ISLAMIC GUERRILLAS. PAKISTAN DENIES ITS INVOLVEMENT IN THE FIGHTING, BUT IS ASKING MUSLIM INSURGENTS TO HELP "RESOLVE THE CRISIS". ACCORDING TO ANALYSTS, THIS IS A PLEA TO WITHDRAW. BUT ANALYSTS ALSO SAY, IT REMAINS TO BE SEEN IF PRIME MINISTER SHARIF CAN ENSURE THE WITHDRAWAL OF THE FIGHTERS IN THE FACE OF OPPOSITION FROM MUSLIM MILITANT GROUPS. (SIGNED) NEB/AP/PLM 10-Jul-99 5:59 AM EDT (0959 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .