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DATE=7/25/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=INDIA - KASHMIR NUMBER=2-252118 BYLINE=ANJANA PASRICHA DATELINE=NEW DELHI CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: The Indian Government has ordered an investigation into how Islamic fighters moved undetected into Indian Kashmir and captured high mountain peaks earlier this year. From New Delhi, Anjana Pasricha reports, as the inquiry gets underway, India and Pakistan are still wrangling over a few mountain ridges along the frontier that divides the Himalayan territory between the two nations. TEXT: A four-member inquiry committee headed by independent defense analyst K. Subramanyam will investigate how hundreds of Pakistani - backed fighters were able to capture strategic mountain peaks along a 140-kilometer stretch in Indian Kashmir. The committee will recommend measures to safeguard national security. The Indian Army has also ordered a separate invesetigation into events leading to the intrusion. The government's investigation has been ordered as the Hindu Nationalist Coalition comes under fire from opposition parties for its failure to detect the incursion. The government denies charges of a serious intelligence lapse, and says Islamic guerrillas slipped in before summer when the icy peaks are usually unmanned. But the opposition Congress Party has accused the government of letting its guard down after launching a high-profile peace initiative with Pakistan early this year, and forcing the country into an expensive military offensive. Congress Party spokesman Kapil Sibal says the government must answer basic questions. /// SIBAL ACTUALITY /// At the moment we are wanting to know from this government when the intruders came in, and when this government came to know of that. The government refuses to answer these two basic questions. Why is it that the government did not take pre-emptive steps in ensuring the intruders did not occupy our territories. /// END ACTUALITY /// Analysts say the opposition is turning the heat on the government because it fears the Hindu Nationalist Coalition may benefit from its handling of the Kashmir conflict in general elections beginning in September. The nation united behind the government during the Kashmir crisis. Prime Minister Atal Vajpayee won widespread praise for resolving the conflict. Meanwhile, more than a week after India declared the fighting in Kashmir was over, Indian soldiers are still using artillery fire and machine guns to wear down the last pockets of resistance. Defense officials say about 100 Islamic fighters are holding onto three mountain ridges close to the Kashmir border. They say army operations to evict these infiltrators are being hampered by heavy rain. Most of the fighters retreated from the mountain peaks last week after Pakistan asked them to withdraw. (Signed) Neb / ap / plm 25-Jul-1999 06:55 AM LOC (25-Jul-1999 1055 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .