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DATE=6/18/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-250810 TITLE=PAK / KASHMIR (L) BYLINE=SCOTT ANGER DATELINE=ISLAMABAD CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: AS PAKISTAN COMES UNDER INCREASING INTERNATIONAL PRESSURE TO RESOLVE ITS CRISIS WITH INDIA OVER KASHMIR, PAKISTAN'S PRIME MINISTER IS ASKING THE HEADS OF THE LEADING INDUSTRIALIZED COUNTRIES TO PLAY A ROLE IN RESOLVING THE DISPUTE. FROM ISLAMABAD, CORRESPONDENT SCOTT ANGER REPORTS. TEXT: PRIME MINISTER NAWAZ SHARIF HAS WRITTEN A LETTER TO THE LEADERS OF THE EIGHT INDUSTRIALIZED NATIONS -- KNOWN AS THE G-8 -- ASKING THEM TO HELP SETTLE THE KASHMIR CRISIS. PAKISTAN'S FOREIGN OFFICE SPOKESMAN, TARIQ ALTAF, SAYS THE PRIME MINISTER'S LETTER ASKS THE G-8 LEADERS TO AVOID TAKING A NARROW VIEW OF THE SITUATION, WHICH HE SAYS COULD ENCOURAGE INDIA TO JUSTIFY ESCALATING THE CRISIS. /// ALTAF ACT /// THE G-8 MUST, INSTEAD, ADOPT A CONSTRUCTIVE AND SOLUTION ORIENTED APPROACH THAT WOULD CONTRIBUTE TO PRESERVING AND PROMOTING THE CAUSE OF PEACE AND STABILITY IN SOUTH ASIA. /// END ACT /// OBSERVERS IN ISLAMABAD SAY THEY EXPECT A STATEMENT FROM THE G-8 LEADERS CALLING FOR BOTH SOUTH ASIAN COUNTRIES TO RETURN TO THE NEGOTIATING TABLE. PAKISTAN HAS COME UNDER PRESSURE FROM THE UNITED STATES AND RUSSIA TO WITHDRAW ITS SUPPORT FOR THE ARMED INSURGENTS WHO ARE FIGHTING INDIAN TROOPS ON INDIA'S SIDE OF THE LINE OF CONTROL IN KASHMIR. PAKISTAN DENIES THAT IT HAS ANY CONTROL OVER THE FIGHTERS AND HAS EMPHASIZED THAT NONE OF ITS SOLDIERS HAVE CROSSED THE DISPUTED LINE OF CONTROL. PAKISTAN SAYS IT HAS ALSO SENT A SPECIAL ENVOY TO THE G-8 SUMMIT IN GERMANY TO EMPHASIZE THAT THE LARGER ISSUE OF KASHMIR NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED. MEANWHILE, INDIA IS CONTINUING ITS AIR AND GROUND ASSAULT ON MOUNTAIN-TOP POSITIONS HELD BY ARMED INSURGENTS. ARTILLERY EXCHANGES ACROSS THE LINE OF CONTROL AND THE THREAT OF ALL-OUT WAR HAVE DRIVEN THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE FROM THEIR HOMES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE BORDER. (SIGNED) NEB/SA/KL 18-Jun-99 10:21 AM EDT (1421 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .