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DATE=6/23/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-250994 TITLE=PAK / KASHMIR (L) BYLINE=SCOTT ANGER DATELINE=ISLAMABAD CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: PAKISTAN SAYS INDIA HAS MOVED OFFENSIVE TROOPS AND AIRCRAFT CLOSE TO ITS BORDER. AS CORRESPONDENT SCOTT ANGER REPORTS, THE PAKISTANI MILITARY SAYS IT IS READY TO DEFEND ITSELF IN THE EVENT OF A FULL-SCALE WAR WITH ITS NEIGHBOR. TEXT: ALTHOUGH PAKISTAN'S ARMY SPOKESMAN RASHID QURESHI SAYS WAR WITH INDIA IS NOT IMMINENT, HE DOES NOT RULE OUT WAR AS INDIA CONTINUES TO BUILD UP ITS FORCES NEAR THE PAKISTANI BORDER. ///QURESHI ACT/// IF INDIA WANTS TO ESCALATE TO WAR, THAT IS THEIR DECISION -- PAKISTAN WILL NOT BE SURPRISED. PAKISTAN WILL BE IN A POSITION TO REACT. ///END ACT/// MR. QURESHI SAYS PAKISTAN'S ARMED FORCES ARE READY FOR WAR AND HAVE TAKEN UP DEFENSIVE POSITIONS ALONG THE BORDER WITH INDIA. ANTI-AIRCRAFT GUNS HAVE BEEN INSTALLED AT AIRPORTS THROUGHOUT PAKISTAN, INCLUDING THE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT NEAR THE CAPITAL, ISLAMABAD. MEANWHILE, PAKISTAN SAYS CONSTANT FIRING ACROSS THE LINE OF CONTROL BY INDIA CONTINUES TO CLAIM LIVES. THE MILITARY SAYS 76 PAKISTANI SOLDIERS AND OVER 50 CIVILIANS HAVE BEEN KILLED SINCE THE CRISIS BEGAN IN EARLY MAY. PAKISTAN'S FOREIGN MINISTRY SAYS AN OFFICER OF THE U-S MILITARY'S CENTRAL COMMAND, GENERAL ANTHONY ZINNI, IS DUE TO ARRIVE IN ISLAMABAD TO DISCUSS THE ESCALATION BETWEEN PAKISTAN AND INDIA OVER KASHMIR. THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY, LED BY THE UNITED STATES, HAS CALLED FOR A DE-ESCALATION IN THE CRISIS -- AND FOR BOTH SIDES TO RETURN TO THE NEGOTIATING TABLE. (SIGNED) NEB/SA/KL 23-Jun-99 10:45 AM EDT (1445 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .