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DATE=5/26/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-249822 TITLE=PAK / KASHMIR AIRSTRIKES (L) BYLINE=SCOTT ANGER DATELINE=ISLAMABAD CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: TENSION BETWEEN INDIA AND PAKISTAN HAS INCREASED AFTER INDIA CONDUCTED AIRSTRIKES AGAINST SUSPECTED MILITANTS IN ITS PART OF THE DISPUTED TERRITORY OF KASHMIR. AS CORRESPONDENT SCOTT ANGER REPORTS, PAKISTAN SAYS THE INDIAN ACTION COULD LEAD TO A DIRECT CONFLICT BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES. TEXT: THE AIRSTRIKES BY INDIA AGAINST SUSPECTED MILITANTS IN INDIAN KASHMIR ARE THE MOST SERIOUS DEVELOPMENT IN THE REGION SINCE PAKISTAN AND INDIA EXPLODED NUCLEAR DEVICES LAST YEAR. PAKISTAN'S MILITARY REMAINS ON HIGH ALERT FOLLOWING THE ATTACKS, WHICH ARE TAKING PLACE JUST A FEW KILOMETERS ACROSS THEIR DISPUTED BORDER WITH INDIA. PAKISTAN SAYS BOMBS HAVE FALLEN ON ITS TERRITORY. MILITARY SPOKESMAN RASHID QUERESHI SAYS THIS IS A SERIOUS VIOLATION AND CANNOT BE IGNORED. ///QUERESHI ACT/// WE WILL RETALIATE, WE WILL TAKE COUNTER-MEASURES, WE WILL TAKE ALL ACTIONS TO DEFEND OUR TERRITORY AND OUR PEOPLE. ///END ACT/// INDIA SAYS IT HAS RECOVERED THE BODIES OF A NUMBER OF PAKISTANI ARMY SOLDIERS, BUT MR. QUERESHI DENIES ANY PAKISTANI TROOPS HAVE BEEN KILLED IN THE ATTACK. MR. QUERESHI DOES NOT RULE OUT AN ESCALATION IN THE SITUATION. WHAT HAPPENS NEXT, HE SAYS, DEPENDS COMPLETELY ON THE ACTIONS OF THE INDIAN MILITARY. ///QUERESHI ACT TWO/// IF THEY CONTINUE TO TAKE SUCH OFFENSIVE ACTIONS AND THEY CONTINUE TO VIOLATE -- IN WHATEVER WAY -- EITHER THE LAND OR THE AIRSPACE OF PAKISTAN, THEY MUST BE PREPARED FOR A VIOLENT REACTION. AND SUCH THINGS COULD SNOW-BALL (EXPAND) INTO A WIDER CONFLICT. ///END ACT/// PAKISTAN'S FOREIGN MINISTRY SAYS THE MILITARY ACTION UNDERSCORES THE URGENCY IN FINDING A POLITICAL SOLUTION TO THE DISPUTE OVER KASHMIR -- WHERE INDIA OCCUPIES TWO-THIRDS OF THE TERRITORY AND PAKISTAN THE REST. PAKISTAN AND INDIA HAVE FOUGHT TWO WARS OVER THE DIVIDED REGION IN THE LAST 50 YEARS. INDIA CLAIMS PAKISTAN BACKS AN ARMED MUSLIM INSURGENCY IN KASHMIR, A CHARGE PAKISTAN DENIES, SAYING IT ONLY PROVIDES MORAL, POLITICAL AND DIPLOMATIC SUPPORT TO THE FIGHTERS. (SIGNED) NEB/SA/KL 26-May-99 10:49 AM EDT (1449 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .