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DATE=6/6/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-250294 TITLE=PAKISTAN/INDIA/KASHMIR (L-ONLY) BYLINE=AYAZ GUL DATELINE=ISLAMABAD CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: PAKISTAN IS DENYING THAT THREE OF ITS SOLDIERS KILLED IN KASHMIR WERE FIGHTING ON THE INDIAN SIDE OF THE DISPUTED BORDER. BUT INDIA SAYS IT RECOVERED THE BODIES OF PAKISTANI SOLDIERS WELL INSIDE THE INDIAN KASHMIR. AYAZ GUL REPORTS FROM ISLAMABAD. TEXT: A PAKISTAN MILITARY SPOKESMAN -- BRIGADIER RASHID QURESHI -- DENIES (SUNDAY) THREE PAKISTANI SOLDIERS, WHOSE BODIES INDIA RETURNED, WERE KILLED INSIDE INDIAN TERRITORY OF THE DISPUTED REGION OF KASHMIR. MR. QURESHI DESCRIBES THE ALLEGATIONS AS REGRETTABLE AND BASELESS. // QURESHI ACT // THE INDIAN ARMY SEEMS ON ESCALATING THE PRESENT VOLATILE SITUATION BY LEVELING BASELESS AND FALSE ALLEGATIONS THAT THESE PERSONNEL WERE MARTYRED (KILLED) SEVEN TO EIGHT-KILOMETERS INSIDE INDIAN-HELD KASHMIR. // END ACT // THE MILITARY SPOKESMAN SAYS THE THREE PAKISTANI SOLDIERS HAD BEEN KILLED IN AN AMBUSH BY INDIAN TROOPS ON THE LINE OF CONTROL DIVIDING KASHMIR BETWEEN INDIA AND PAKISTAN. BUT INDIAN OFFICIALS SAY THE SOLDIERS WERE KILLED IN A MILITARY ACTION THAT TOOK PLACE WELL INSIDE INDIAN TERRITORY. INDIA SAYS THIS PROVES DIRECT PAKISTANI INVOLVEMENT WITH GUERRILLA INFILTRATORS IT SAYS CROSSED THE BORDER FROM PAKISTAN. SATURDAY, INDIA REJECTED A PAKISTANI PROPOSAL TO SEND FOREIGN MINISTER SARTAJ AZIZ TO NEW DELHI ON JUNE 7TH FOR TALKS TO DEFUSE THE TENSION. IN AN INTERVIEW WITH PAKISTAN'S OFFICIAL TELEVISION, FOREIGN MINISTER AZIZ REPEATED CALLS FOR TALKS WITH INDIA AND DESCRIBED THE DELAY IN TALKS AS DISAPPOINTING. // AZIZ ACT // NATURALLY, THE FACT THAT THERE IS AT LEAST A DELAY -- IF NOT A SET-BACK -- TO THE DIALOGUE PROCESS, WILL SEND A WAVE OF DISAPPOINTMENT THROUGHOUT THE WORLD, AND I HOPE THEY WILL EXERCISE THEIR OWN PRESSURE TO PERSUADE INDIA TO RESUME THE DIALOGUE PROCESS. / /END ACT // PAKISTAN AND INDIA HAVE ALREADY FOUGHT TWO WARS OVER KASHMIR. AND MR. AZIZ SAYS A DIALOGUE BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES IS NEEDED TO REDUCE THE RISK OF A THIRD CONFLICT. (SIGNED) NEB/AG/RAE 06-Jun-99 2:38 PM EDT (1838 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .