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ASSOCIATED PRESS OF PAKISTAN
NEWS SUMMARY
(27-05-1999)

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Indian LoC violations unwarranted, Pakistan reserves right to respond: FO

ISLAMABAD, May 27 (APP) :Foreign Office Spokesman on Wednesday said Indian military action to flush out so called, "infiltrators," is fraught with dangers and Pakistan reserves its right to respond appropriately.

"New Delhi has now undertaken air strikes against the so called "infiltrators" with MI-17 gunship helicopters backed by jet fighters," FO Spokesman Tariq Altaf told a briefing on LoC here.

Altaf said Indian military action with aircraft and helicopters against the Kashmiri mujahideen ,"once again
underscores the urgency of finding a political solution to the Kashmir dispute."

"Some bombs have fallen on our side which is clearly a violation of the LoC," he said.

Asked if there was a danger of wider conflict, he said, "absolutely not." "We are committed to dialogue and want to promote peace," in the region through seeking a peaceful settlement of the core issue of Kashmir.

Indian air strikes in Indian Held Kashmir against the so-called,"infiltrators," today, are unwarranted. It has increased violations along the Line of Control (LoC) during past two weeks, he said.

India carries air strikes, Pakistan reserves right to retaliate

RAWALPINDI, May 27 (APP) :India bombed certain areas close to Line of Control thrice on Wednesday and about ten bombs landed on our side of the line of control.

Director General ISPR Brig Rashid Qureshi briefing newsmen here said Indian gunship helicopters carried air strikes at 6.20 a.m, 9.30 a.m. and 2.15 p.m. "We suffered no casualty no damage," he said.

He said it was the first time that India has used aircraft and gunship helicopters against what they called the Mujahideen. "This is an escalation and if they continue Pakistan can not keep quiet."

Brig Rashid said "Pakistan reserves the right to retaliate. It should  be very very clear that we will defend every inch of our territory."

He said, "We have been time and again saying let there be neutral observers or let the UN check but India has always been refusing this idea." He recalled that once a UN vehicle was damaged by Indian fire.

He said we have UN observers on our side and have lodged a protest over the Indian bombing.

Pakistani-Indian DGsMOs talk to defuse situation along LoC: FO

ISLAMABAD, May 27 (APP) :Foreign Office Spokesman on Wednesday said Pakistani and Indian Directors General of Military Operations talked to each other on telephone to defuse the situation along the LoC.

Confirming the telephonic talks of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee last Monday, the spokesman said they had decided that DGs Military Operations of the two countries would meet to defuse the situation along LoC.

The focus of the two leaders was,"on preservation of peace and security," Foreign Office Spokesman Tariq Altaf told a briefing on LoC here Today.

"They decided that Directors General Military Operations will speak to each other, and my understanding is that the two have spoken to each other to defuse the situation," said the Spokesman.

To a question if Pakistan has lodged a formal protest over falling of a few bombs on this side of LoC during Indian air strikes in IHK on Wednesday, he said, "we have not spoken to Indian High Commissioner as yet."

He said for the past two weeks the Indian forces," have increased the LoC violations killing innocent civilians and causing damage to property."

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US expresses concern over developments in Kargil sector

NEW DELHI, May 27 (APP) :The United States Wednesday expressed concern over the recent developments in the Kargil sector of  Jammu and Kashmir but ruled out the possibility of any intervention by it.

"No,no way.There is no question of this,"US ambassador to India Richard F Celeste told newsmen after a meeting with defence  minister George Fernandes here.He was replying to a question whether there would be any intervention by Washington.

At the meeting sought at short notice by Celeste,the US envoy expressed Washington's concern over the recent military exchanges and the situation in Kargil area.

Celeste expressed the hope that the situation would be contained and resolved quickly.

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