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DATE=6/24/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-251046 TITLE=PAK / KASHMIR (L) BYLINE=SCOTT ANGER DATELINE=ISLAMABAD CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: A TOP U-S GENERAL IS IN PAKISTAN HOLDING MEETINGS WITH PAKISTANI LEADERS TO ASSESS THE CRISIS BETWEEN PAKISTAN AND INDIA OVER KASHMIR. AS VOA'S SCOTT ANGER REPORTS FROM ISLAMABAD, THE TWO COUNTRIES ARE ON THE VERGE OF ALL-OUT WAR BECAUSE OF THE LATEST FLARE-UP IN THE DISPUTED REGION. TEXT: PAKISTAN SAYS GENERAL ANTHONY ZINNI, COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF THE U-S CENTRAL COMMAND, HAS HELD TALKS WITH CHIEF OF PAKISTAN'S ARMY STAFF, PERVEZ MUSHARRAF, ABOUT THE CRISIS IN KASHMIR. OFFICIALS IN ISLAMABAD ARE TIGHT-LIPPED ABOUT THE MEETING. THE GENERAL'S ONE-DAY VISIT TO PAKISTAN FOLLOWS A PHONE CALL LAST WEEK BY PRESIDENT CLINTON TO PAKISTAN'S PRIME MINISTER, NAWAZ SHARIF. MR. CLINTON URGED THE PAKISTANI LEADER TO WITHDRAW THE FORCES THAT ARE SUPPORTED BY PAKISTAN FROM THE INDIAN SIDE OF THE LINE OF CONTROL. PAKISTAN'S FOREIGN OFFICE SPOKESMAN, TARIQ ALTAF, CALLS THE U-S VIEW OF THE KASHMIR CRISIS NARROW, AND SAYS WASHINGTON SHOULD TAKE A MORE BALANCED APPROACH TO THE CONFLICT. /// ALTAF ACT /// THAT KIND OF NARROW VIEW ENCOURAGES INDIA TO TALK OF WAR. IF THIS IS TO BE PROJECTED MORE, IT WILL ONLY ENCOURAGE INDIA TO TALK MORE OF WAR AND WIDER CONFLICTS. /// END ACT /// PAKISTAN DENIES IT IS SUPPORTING THE ARMED INSURGENTS THAT ARE BATTLING INDIAN TROOPS IN INDIAN KASHMIR. PAKISTAN SAYS THEY ARE INDIGENOUS FREEDOM FIGHTERS WHO ARE RESISTING INDIAN RULE IN THE HIMALAYAN REGION. PRIME MINISTER SHARIF, IN AN ADDRESS TO PAKISTANI SOLDIERS NEAR THE LINE OF CONTROL THURSDAY, SAYS PAKISTAN'S NUCLEAR AND MISSILE CAPABILITIES HAVE MADE IT ONE OF THE STRONGEST COUNTRIES ON EARTH. ALTHOUGH HE SAYS HIS COUNTRY IS READY TO FACE ANY AGGRESSION BY INDIA, THE PRIME MINISTER HAS AGAIN OFFERED PEACE TALKS WITH ITS NEIGHBOR. HOWEVER, INDIA HAS RULED OUT ANY FURTHER TALKS UNTIL PAKISTAN WITHDRAWS THE ARMED INSURGENTS. (SIGNED) NEB/SA/KL 24-Jun-99 11:17 AM EDT (1517 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .