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DATE=7/11/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-251635 TITLE=INDIA/FIGHTING (L-O) BYLINE=ANJANA PASRICHA DATELINE=NEW DELHI CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: INDIA SAYS IT EXPECTS AN EARLY END TO ITS MILITARY OFFENSIVE IN KASHMIR AS TOP MILITARY COMMANDERS OF INDIA AND PAKISTAN HELD A MEETING (SUNDAY) NEAR THE KASHMIR BORDER. INDIAN COMMANDERS SAY THE TASK OF EVICTING MUSLIM FIGHTERS FROM INDIAN KASHMIR IS NEARLY COMPLETE. TEXT: DEFENSE OFFICIALS SAID (SUNDAY) MILITARY OPERATIONS TO EVICT MUSLIM FIGHTERS FROM KASHMIR HAVE REACHED A DECISIVE POINT. THEY SAY SOLDIERS ARE MEETING LITTLE RESISTANCE FROM THE INTRUDERS. AFTER A WEEK OF SOME OF THE HEAVIEST FIGHTING IN THE TWO-MONTH OPERATION, OFFICIALS NOW SAY THERE IS A DECLINE IN THE FIGHTING. REPORTS FROM KASHMIR SAY INDIAN SOLDIERS ARE HOLDING THEIR FIRE IN SOME AREAS TO PERMIT ENEMY FIGHTERS TO LEAVE. MAJOR GENERAL J-J SINGH SAYS TWO OF THE FOUR SECTORS WHERE INTRUDERS HAD CAPTURED HIGH MOUNTAIN PEAKS ARE UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE INDIAN ARMY -- AND THERE IS, WHAT HE CALLS -- A THINNING OUT -- OF ENEMY FIGHTERS IN THE OTHER SECTORS. /// INSERT SINGH ACT /// THE TASK MANDATED TO THE ARMY BY THE GOVERNMENT OF INDIA, THAT IS THE EVICTION OF THE ENEMY HAS VIRTUALLY BEEN ACCOMPLISHED IN DRAS AND BATALIK SECTORS, AND WE ARE ON THE WAY TO ACHIEVING THIS IN THE OTHER SECTORS AND THUS RESTORING THE SANCTITY OF THE LINE OF CONTROL IN KARGIL. /// END SINGH ACT /// AS INDIA LOOKS AHEAD TO ENDING ITS MILITARY OPERATION IN KASHMIR, IT IS ALSO CLAIMING A DIPLOMATIC VICTORY OVER PAKISTAN. FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN RAMINDER JASSAL SAYS PAKISTAN HAS BEEN "ISOLATED" IN ITS BID TO CAPTURE INDIAN TERRITORY IN KASHMIR. /// JASSAL ACT /// THIS SIGNAL SUCCESS THAT HAS BEEN ACHIEVED FOR THE COUNTRY HAS BEEN DONE BY A PINCER OF DIPLOMATIC AND MILITARY ACTION. PAKISTANI FORCES HAVE BEEN DECISIVELY DEFEATED ON THE GROUND. PAKISTAN STANDS DIPLOMATICALLY ISOLATED. /// END JASSAL ACT /// INDIA SAYS THE FIGHTERS IN KASHMIR ARE PAKISTANI SOLDIERS AND ISLAMIC GUERRILLAS. PAKISTAN DENIES ITS INVOLVEMENT IN THE FIGHTING. BUT IT HAS CALLED ON THE INTRUDERS TO -- RESOLVE THE CRISIS. THE MILITANTS HAVE VOWED TO FIGHT TO THE END. THE FIGHTING IN KASHMIR HAS RESULTED IN HEAVY CASUALTIES ON BOTH SIDES. INDIA HAS LOST 327-SOLDIERS AND OFFICERS, AND CLAIMS IT HAS KILLED 670 PAKISTANI SOLDIERS AND GUERRILLAS. (SIGNED) NEB/AP/RAE 11-Jul-99 9:59 AM EDT (1359 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .