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DATE=5/28/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-249920 TITLE=PAK/INDIA/KASHMIR (L-ONLY) BYLINE=AYAZ GUL DATELINE=ISLAMABAD CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: PAKISTAN'S FOREIGN MINISTER, SARTAJ AZIZ, HAS URGED INDIA TO "DE-ESCALATE" THE SITUATION IN THE DISPUTED REGION OF KASHMIR. AYAZ GUL REPORTS FROM ISLAMABAD THAT INDIA CONTINUES POUNDING GUERRILLA POSITIONS OCCUPIED BY WHAT IT SAYS ARE PAKISTAN-BACKED INFILTRATORS. TEXT: FOREIGN MINISTER SARTAJ AZIZ SAYS PAKISTAN'S DOWNING OF TWO INDIAN JETS WAS A DEFENSIVE ACT BECAUSE HE SAYS INDIA CONTINUED TO VIOLATE PAKISTANI AIRSPACE DESPITE SEVERAL WARNINGS. //AZIZ ACT// ONCE THEIR (INDIAN) PLANES COME INTO OUR AREA, ACROSS THE LINE OF CONTROL, THEN THAT IS A VIOLATION OF OUR SOVEREIGNTY. THE FACT THAT ONE PLANE FELL FIVE KILOMETERS INSIDE OUR SIDE OF THE LINE OF CONTROL AND THE OTHER ONE FELL TEN-KILOMETERS INSIDE OUR LINE OF CONTROL, IT IS OBVIOUS THAT THEY HAVE INTRUDED INTO OUR AIRSPACE. //END ACT// PAKISTAN SAYS IT SHOT DOWN THE PLANES THURSDAY AFTER THEY CROSSED INTO PAKISTANI TERRITORY ALONG THE DISPUTED BORDER IN KASHMIR. PAKISTAN SAYS ONE INDIAN PILOT DIED IN THE ATTACK AND THE OTHER HAS BEEN CAPTURED BY PAKISTANI SOLDIERS. INDIAN MILITARY OFFICIALS CONTINUE TO SAY THEIR JETS DID NOT VIOLATE PAKISTANI AIRSPACE. THE PAKISTANI FOREIGN MINISTER SAYS INDIA NEEDS TO DEFUSE THE TENSION. //AZIZ ACT// WE ARE URGING INDIA TO DE-ESCALATE THE SITUATION AND CERTAINLY NOT VIOLATE OUR AIRSPACE OR VIOLATE THE LINE OF CONTROL (IN KASHMIR). AND WE HOPE THAT INDIA WILL RESPOND AND THAT BOTH SIDES CAN DE-ESCALATE THE PRESENT SITUATION AND TRY TO FIND THE SOLUTION OF A LOCAL PROBLEM AT THE LOCAL LEVEL RATHER THAN TRYING TO EXPAND THE AREA AND ESCALATE IT INTO A MUCH BIGGER CONFLICT. //END ACT// THE DOWNING OF THE INDIAN PLANES IS SEEN AS A MAJOR MILITARY ESCALATION IN KASHMIR, WHICH IS DIVIDED BETWEEN INDIAN AND PAKISTAN. THE TWO SOUTH ASIAN NATIONS ALREADY HAVE FOUGHT TWO WARS OVER THE REGION. WEDNESDAY, INDIA LAUNCHED AIR STRIKES IN ITS PART OF KASHMIR TO FLUSH OUT WHAT IT CALLS INFILTRATORS BACKED BY PAKISTANI SOLDIERS. THE AIR STRIKES ARE CONTINUING. (SIGNED) NEB/AG/GE 28-May-99 8:28 AM EDT (1228 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .