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DATE=7/5/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-251462 TITLE=PAKISTAN / KASHMIR MILITANTS (L-ONITER) BYLINE=AYAZ GUL DATELINE=ISLAMABAD CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: PAKISTAN'S OPPOSITION PARTIES AND KASHMIRI MILITANT GROUPS ARE CONDEMNING THE OUTCOME OF TALKS IN WASHINGTON BETWEEN PRIME MINISTER NAWAZ SHARIF AND PRESIDENT CLINTON ON THE KASHMIR CONFLICT. THE TWO LEADERS MET SUNDAY AND AGREED TO TAKE "CONCRETE STEPS" TO EASE ESCALATING TENSIONS BETWEEN INDIA AND PAKISTAN. AYAZ GUL REPORTS FROM ISLAMABAD, WHERE MR. SHARIF'S OPPONENTS ARE CALLING FOR PROTESTS AGAINST THE PRIME MINISTER'S POLICY. TEXT: SENIOR U-S OFFICIALS SAY WASHINGTON BELIEVES THE AGREEMENT BETWEEN PRIME MINISTER SHARIF AND PRESIDENT CLINTON MEANS PAKISTANI-BACKED GUERRILLAS ARE TO BE WITHDRAWN FROM INDIAN KASHMIR. THIS HAS BROUGHT MR. SHARIF UNDER FIRE FROM HIS POLITICAL OPPONENTS AND PAKISTAN-BASED MILITANT GROUPS FIGHTING IN INDIAN KASHMIR. AL-BADR IS ONE OF THE GROUPS WHICH ACKNOWLEDGES ITS MUJAHIDIN [FREEDOM FIGHTERS] HAVE BEEN BATTLING INDIAN TROOPS IN KASHMIR FOR THE PAST TWO MONTHS. SPOKESMAN YABSEEN KHAN SAYS NEITHER THE UNITED STATES NOR MR. SHARIF'S GOVERNMENT CAN FORCE THEM TO LEAVE (THE KARGIL AND DRAS AREAS OF) INDIAN KASHMIR. /// YABSEEN KHAN ACT IN URDU, IN AND FADE UNDER /// MR. YABSEEN SAYS KASHMIRI GUERRILLAS HAVE CAPTURED INDIAN TERRITORY ON THEIR OWN, WITHOUT PAKISTAN'S HELP, AND THEY DO NOT INTEND TO RETREAT -- NO MATTER WHO ASKS THEM TO WITHDRAW. THERE ARE DOZENS OF MILITANT GROUPS IN PAKISTAN AND IN PAKISTANI KASHMIR, WHICH INDIA SAYS ARE CONTROLLED BY THE PAKISTANI INTELLIGENCE AGENCY, I-S-I. PAKISTAN SAYS ITS INTELLIGENCE AGENCY PLAYS NO ROLE IN CONTROLLING THE GUERRILLAS. A FORMER CHIEF OF THE I-S-I, HAMID GUL, SAYS THE KASHMIRI MILITANTS WILL DEMONSTRATE THEIR INDEPENDENCE BY REJECTING THE DEAL THAT MR. SHARIF APPEARS TO HAVE MADE IN WASHINGTON. /// FIRST GUL ACT /// THIS IS THE CULMINATION POINT OF THEIR 10-YEAR-LONG STRUGGLE [IN KASHMIR]. THEY [THE GUERRILLAS] HAVE LAID A GREAT MANY SACRIFICES, AND I DO NOT THINK THEY ARE GOING TO IMPLEMENT WHAT HE [MR. SHARIF] HAS CALLED UPON THEM TO DO. /// END ACT /// MR. GUL SAYS ANY PAKISTANI ATTEMPT TO FORCE THE GUERRILLAS TO LEAVE INDIAN KASHMIR WOULD BE AN ACT SO POLITICALLY RISKY THAT IT COULD LEAD TO PRIME MINISTER SHARIF'S DOWNFALL. /// SECOND GUL ACT /// THAT IS THE MINIMUM THAT WILL HAPPEN TO NAWAZ SHARIF. THE MAXIMUM COULD BE ANYTHING. WE HAVE SEEN IN THE PAST THAT VERY DANGEROUS THINGS DO HAPPEN. I THINK NAWAZ SHARIF HAS REALLY DONE HIMSELF A GREAT DIS-SERVICE. HE HAS DONE A DIS-SERVICE TO THE NATION ALL RIGHT, BUT HIMSELF ALSO A GREAT DIS-SERVICE. /// END ACT /// PRIME MINISTER'S SHARIF'S MEETING WITH PRESIDENT CLINTON WAS HASTILY ARRANGED AT THE REQUEST OF THE PAKISTANI LEADER -- A DEVELOPMENT THAT SURPRISED MOST OBSERVERS AND POLITICIANS HERE. PAKISTAN'S MAIN OPPOSITION PARTY, THE P-P-P, IS CONDEMNING THE SECRECY SURROUNDING THE "CONCRETE STEPS" MR. SHARIF IS SAID TO HAVE AGREED TO IN WASHINGTON. THE PARTY WANTS A PARLIAMENTARY DEBATE ON THE PRIME MINISTER'S KASHMIR POLICY. THE RIGHT-WING RELIGIOUS JAMAAT-E-ISLAMI PARTY HAS ACCUSED MR. SHARIF OF TREASON, AND IS CALLING FOR NATIONWIDE PROTESTS. /// REST OPT /// MEANWHILE, PAKISTAN'S MILITARY SAYS INDIA HAS INTENSIFIED SHELLING OF CIVILIAN AREAS IN PAKISTANI KASHMIR, KILLING AND INJURING DOZENS OF PEOPLE. INDIA SAYS IT WILL KEEP FIGHTING TO FLUSH OUT PAKISTANI-BACKED FORCES FROM PEAKS ON ITS SIDE OF THE DISPUTED REGION. (SIGNED) NEB/AG/WTW 05-Jul-99 4:10 PM EDT (2010 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .