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DATE=5/27/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-249886 TITLE=BHUTTO / PAKISTAN-INDIA (L) BYLINE=JIM MALONE DATELINE=WASHINGTON CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: FORMER PAKISTANI PRIME MINISTER BENAZIR BHUTTO WARNS THE ESCALATING FIGHTING BETWEEN PAKISTAN AND INDIA IN KASHMIR COULD GET OUT OF HAND. MS. BHUTTO WAS INTERVIEWED AT V-O-A (THURSDAY) IN WASHINGTON AND CORRESPONDENT JIM MALONE HAS A REPORT. TEXT: FORMER PRIME MINISTER BHUTTO SAYS SHE IS IN WASHINGTON TO DRAW ATTENTION TO THE HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATION IN PAKISTAN. BUT SHE ALSO HAS CONCERNS ABOUT THE MILITARY SKIRMISHES BETWEEN INDIA AND PAKISTAN OVER THE DISPUTED REGION OF KASHMIR. /// 1ST BHUTTO ACT. /// IT COULD ESCALATE. IT COULD GET OUT OF HAND. I HOPE IT DOES NOT. BUT I THINK THAT THE LATEST ROUND OF SKIRMISHES POINTS OUT TO INDIA AND PAKISTAN THE FAILURE OF THE POLICIES OF THE LAST 50-YEARS. IT IS TIME NOW FOR US TO ADOPT NEW POLICIES THAT CAN PREVENT THESE KINDS OF SKIRMISHES THAT COULD ESCALATE. /// END ACT. /// INDIA SAYS IT LAUNCHED AIRSTRIKES INSIDE KASHMIR TO DISLODGE WHAT IT CALLS INFILTRATORS BACKED BY PAKISTAN. MS. BHUTTO, A SHARP CRITIC OF THE PAKISTANI GOVERNMENT, SAYS HER COUNTRY IS NOT PROVIDING AID TO WHAT INDIA DESCRIBES AS ARMED INTRUDERS IN KASHMIR. /// 2ND BHUTTO ACT. /// I DO NOT THINK PAKISTAN IS LENDING SUPPORT TO THE INSURGENTS, BUT I THINK THERE IS A LOT OF PAKISTANI SYMPATHY FOR THE KASHMIRIS. SO PAKISTAN IS BASICALLY FEELING WHY SHOULD WE POLICE THIS AREA FOR THE INDIANS? AND THAT OF COURSE GOES TO INDIA'S DETRIMENT AND IT GOES TO THE HELP OF THE KASHMIRIS. /// END ACT. /// /// OPT /// MS. BHUTTO SAYS DOMESTIC POLITICAL REASONS ARE PARTLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CURRENT CRISIS BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES. AND SHE IS HOPEFUL THAT COOLER HEADS IN THE MILITARY LEADERSHIP OF BOTH NATIONS WILL PREVAIL AND PREVENT A FURTHER ESCALATION OF THE CONFLICT. /// 3RD BHUTTO ACT. /// UNFORTUNATELY, BOTH GOVERNMENTS ARE IN A LOT OF TROUBLE. AND OFTEN, RHETORIC CAN HELP UNITE A NATION. SO I AM CONCERNED AT THE SKIRMISHES BUT I ALSO BELIEVE THAT NEITHER OF OUR TWO ARMED FORCES WOULD WANT A CONFLICT. BUT YOU KNOW, IT COULD TURN OUT TO BE LIKE KOSOVO WHERE WE WENT ON WARNING THE WORLD ABOUT A POWDER KEG AND FINALLY IT EXPLODED. SO BEFORE IT EXPLODES, IT IS IMPORTANT THAT THE WEST HELP PUT DEMOCRACY BACK ON TRACK IN PAKISTAN AND THAT THE LEADERS OF INDIA AND PAKISTAN REALIZE THAT THE REST OF THE WORLD IS NOT GOING TO BAIL US OUT. WE HAVE TO MAKE THE INITIATIVES TOWARD BUILDING PEACE IN THE REGION. /// END ACT. /// /// END OPT /// AS FOR HER OWN POLITICAL SITUATION, THE FORMER PRIME MINISTER SAYS SHE IS DELIGHTED WITH THE DECISION OF PAKISTAN'S SUPREME COURT ALLOWING HER TO APPEAL LAST MONTH'S CONVICTION ON CORRUPTION CHARGES. MS. BHUTTO AND HER HUSBAND WERE CONVICTED OF RECEIVING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN KICKBACKS FROM A SWISS TRADING COMPANY IN RETURN FOR A GOVERNMENT CONTRACT. HER HUSBAND, ASIF ALI ZARDARI, REMAINS IN PRISON. MS. BHUTTO SAYS SHE HAS NO PLANS TO RETURN TO PAKISTAN UNTIL HER SAFETY CAN BE ASSURED. /// BHUTTO-MALONE ACT. /// BHUTTO: I AM NOT PLANNING TO GO BACK RIGHT NOW AFTER WHAT HAPPENED TO MY HUSBAND. NOT ONLY MY HUSBAND, EVEN WHAT HAPPENED TO THE PRESS. THE CHAIN OF INCIDENTS, UGLY. AND ONE HAS TO FIGHT AND I THINK I CAN FIGHT BETTER FROM OUTSIDE. MALONE: DO YOU FEEL SAFE? BHUTTO: I DO NOT FEEL SAFE INSIDE (PAKISTAN) AND I WORRY FOR ALL THOSE WHO ARE INSIDE AND OPPOSED TO THE GOVERNMENT. /// END ACT. /// PAKISTAN'S SUPREME COURT SAYS MS. BHUTTO'S APPEAL CAN GO AHEAD EVEN IF SHE REMAINS OUTSIDE THE COUNTRY. (SIGNED) NEB/JBM/RAE 27-May-99 1:00 PM EDT (1700 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .