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DATE=6/7/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-250320 TITLE=PAK / KASHMIR (L-ONLY) BYLINE=SCOTT ANGER DATELINE=ISLAMABAD CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: PAKISTAN SAYS THAT DESPITE THE GESTURES IT HAS MADE TOWARD A PEACEFUL SETTLEMENT OVER THE KASHMIR DISPUTE, INDIA CONTINUES TO ESCALATE A VERY TENSE SITUATION ALONG THE LINE OF CONTROL. AS CORRESPONDENT SCOTT ANGER REPORTS, PAKISTAN HAS REJECTED INDIAN CLAIMS THAT PAKISTANI SOLDIERS ARE ACTIVELY FIGHTING ALONG SIDE MUSLIM INSURGENTS ON THE INDIAN SIDE OF THE BORDER. TEXT: TENSION IS GROWING BETWEEN PAKISTAN AND INDIA AS ARTILLERY FIRE CONTINUES UP AND DOWN THE DISPUTED LINE OF CONTROL IN KASHMIR. THE TWO COUNTRIES ARE HAVING A WAR OF WORDS AS THE INDIAN MILITARY MOVES AHEAD WITH ITS CAMPAIGN TO EVICT ARMED MUSLIM INSURGENTS FROM INSIDE ITS TERRITORY. EACH SIDE HAS ACCUSED THE OTHER OF UNPROVOKED FIRING ACROSS THE LINE OF CONTROL. PAKISTANI MILITARY SPOKESMAN RASHID QURESHI STRONGLY DENIES INDIAN CLAIMS THAT PAKISTANI SOLDIERS ARE INVOLVED IN THE CONFLICT ON THE INDIAN SIDE OF THE BORDER. /// QURESHI ACT /// THE INDIAN CLAIMS OF PAKISTANI TROOPS HAVING ENTERED OR TAKEN ACTION INSIDE INDIAN-HELD KASHMIR -- ACROSS THE LINE OF CONTROL -- THAT IS ABSOLUTELY INCORRECT. /// END ACT /// INDIA HAS ALSO ACCUSED PAKISTAN OF PROVIDING MILITARY SUPPORT TO MUSLIM GROUPS FIGHTING INSIDE INDIAN-KASHMIR. PAKISTAN SAYS IT ONLY PROVIDES MORAL, DIPLOMATIC AND POLITICAL SUPPORT TO WHAT IT CALLS KASHMIRI FREEDOM FIGHTERS WHO ARE WAGING AN ARMED STRUGGLE AGAINST INDIAN RULE. DESPITE THE MOUNTING TENSION, PAKISTAN'S FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN, TARIQ ALTAF, SAYS PAKISTAN CONTINUES TO PUSH FOR A PEACEFUL SETTLEMENT IN KASHMIR -- BUT HE SAYS PAKISTAN'S OFFERS TO DEFUSE THE SITUATION HAVE BEEN REJECTED BY INDIA. /// ALTAF ACT /// THEY ARE NOT TALKING OF PEACE, THEY ARE TALKING OF WAR. THEY ARE ON THE WAR-PATH. WE ARE FOR PEACE -- FOR DEFUSING THE SITUATION AND FOR MAKING PEACE -- BUT OUR OFFER HAS BEEN REJECTED. /// END ACT /// PAKISTAN'S OFFER TO SEND ITS FOREIGN MINISTER TO NEW DELHI THIS WEEK FOR TALKS HAS BEEN REJECTED BY INDIA, AND PAKISTAN SAYS IT IS WAITING FOR INDIA TO SUGGEST A MORE AGREEABLE DATE FOR THE VISIT. PAKISTAN SAYS AT LEAST 42 PEOPLE, INCLUDING 20 PAKISTANI SOLDIERS, HAVE BEEN KILLED DURING THE LATEST HOSTILITIES WHICH BROKE OUT EARLY LAST MONTH. (SIGNED) NEB/SA/LTD/KL 07-Jun-99 11:36 AM EDT (1536 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .