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DATE=5/27/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-249878 TITLE=PAKISTAN / INDIA KASHMIR (L) BYLINE=SARAH HORNER DATELINE=ISLAMABAD CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: PAKISTAN SAYS IT HAS SHOT DOWN TWO INDIAN FIGHTER JETS THAT CROSSED INTO ITS TERRITORY IN THE DISPUTED REGION OF KASHMIR. AS SARAH HORNER REPORTS FROM ISLAMABAD, THE DOWNING OF THE PLANES IS ESCALATING TENSION BETWEEN THE TWO NEIGHBORS. TEXT: A PAKISTANI MILITARY SPOKESMAN SAYS THE TWO INDIAN JETS WERE SHOT DOWN LATE THURSDAY MORNING. SPEAKING AT A PACKED NEWS CONFERENCE IN THE PAKISTANI CAPITAL, ISLAMABAD, MAJOR-GENERAL ANIS BAJWA SAYS WRECKAGE FROM THE PLANES HAS FALLEN SIX-TO-SEVEN KILOMETERS INSIDE PAKISTANI KASHMIR. HE SAYS PAKISTAN FIRED ANTI-AIRCRAFT WEAPONS BRINGING DOWN THE RUSSIAN-MADE FIGHTER PLANES. ACCORDING TO THE SPOKESMAN, THE PILOT OF THE MIG-21 WAS KILLED AND THE PILOT OF THE MIG-27 HAS BEEN CAPTURED BY PAKISTANI SOLDIERS. // BAJWA ACT // OF COURSE THERE IS NO WAR DECLARED YET BY PAKISTAN AGAINST INDIA OR BY INDIA AGAINST PAKISTAN. YET BECAUSE THE ACT COMMITTED BY THESE TWO AIRCRAFT WAS AN ACT OF WAR, THEREFORE THIS PILOT WILL BE TREATED AS A PRISONER-OF-WAR WHO HAS BEEN CAPTURED. AND OF COURSE, THE BODY OF THE OTHER PILOT WILL BE RETURNED ONLY ACCORDING TO THE REGULATIONS THAT APPLY IN THIS SITUATION. // END ACT // THE MILITARY SPOKESMAN SAYS THE PLANES FLEW FROM SRINIGAR, THE SUMMER CAPITAL OF INDIAN-HELD KASHMIR. HE SAYS INDIA HAS IN THE PAST FEW WEEKS GRADUALLY ESCALATED TENSION ALONG THE LINE-OF-CONTROL -- THE LINE WHICH DIVIDES THE INDIAN AND PAKISTANI PARTS OF KASHMIR. WEDNESDAY, INDIA LAUNCHED AIRSTRIKES NEAR THE TOWNS OF KARGIL AND DRASS, IN INDIAN-HELD KASHMIR, TO DISLODGE WHAT IT CALLED INFILTRATORS. THE SAME DAY, PAKISTAN SAID INDIAN JETS BOMBED PAKISTANI TERRITORY AND WARNED OF RETALIATION. ACCORDING TO MAJOR-GENERAL BAJWA INDIAN JETS FIRST MADE NON-SERIOUS VIOLATIONS OF PAKISTANI AIR-SPACE TEN DAYS AGO. // BAJWA ACT // I CAN ONLY SAY ON BEHALF OF THE PAKISTAN ARMY, THE PAKISTAN AIR FORCE AND THE PAKISTAN NAVY THAT WE ARE READY TO DEFEND THE TERRITORIAL INTEGRITY OF OUR MOTHERLAND AT ANY AND EVERY COST. // END ACT // PAKISTAN AND INDIA HAVE FOUGHT TWO WARS OVER KASHMIR SINCE BOTH COUNTRIES ACHIEVED INDEPENDENCE 50 YEARS AGO. INDIA SAYS PAKISTAN BACKS AN ARMED MUSLIM INSURGENCY IN KASHMIR, A CHARGE PAKISTAN DENIES. (SIGNED) NEB/SLH/KL 27-May-99 10:30 AM EDT (1430 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .