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DATE=7/5/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-251429 TITLE=PAK / KASHMIR (L-ONLY) BYLINE=SCOTT ANGER DATELINE=ISLAMABAD CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: PAKISTANI OBSERVERS SAY THEY BELIEVE SUNDAY'S MEETING OF THE PAKISTANI PRIME MINISTER AND PRESIDENT CLINTON MAY LEAD TO THE WITHDRAWL OF PAKISTANI-BACKED FORCES FIGHTING INDIAN TROOPS IN INDIAN KASHMIR. V-O-A'S SCOTT ANGER IN ISLAMABAD REPORTS PAKISTAN HAS BEEN UNDER INTERNATIONAL PRESSURE TO PULL-OUT THE INSURGENTS TO PREVENT AN EVEN WIDER CONFLICT IN THE REGION. TEXT: AFTER MEETING WITH PRESIDENT CLINTON FOR MORE THAN THREE HOURS SUNDAY, PAKISTANI PRIME MINISTER NAWAZ SHARIF HAS PROMISED TO TAKE CONCRETE STEPS TO RESTORE THE LINE OF CONTROL DIVIDING KASHMIR. BUT NEITHER ISLAMABAD NOR WASHINGTON HAS SAID WHAT THOSE STEPS WILL BE. PAKISTANI NEWSPAPER COLUMNIST TALAT HUSSAIN SAYS THE FIRST STEP MAY BE THE WITHDRAWL OF THE FORCES PAKISTAN SAYS ARE FREEDOM FIGHTERS BATTLING INDIAN TROOPS IN KASHMIR -- BUT WHAT THE REST OF THE WORLD SAYS ARE PAKISTANI TROOPS WHO HAVE CAPTURED INDIAN TERRITORY. ///HUSSAIN ACT/// PAKISTAN WILL HAVE TO GIVE CONCESSIONS. TRANSLATED INTO REAL TERMS, IT MEANS THAT PAKISTAN WILL HAVE TO CALL ITS TROOPS BACK. AND THEN, BY IMPLICATION, ADMIT THAT IT SENT THOSE TROOPS IN (TO INDIAN KASHMIR). ///END ACT/// THE UNITED STATES, RUSSIA AND A NUMBER OF EUROPEAN COUNTRIES HAVE REJECTED PAKISTAN'S CLAIM THAT ITS TROOPS HAVE NOT VIOLATED THE LINE OF CONTROL, WHICH DIVIDES THE KASHMIR REGION. PAKISTAN HAS MAINTAINED THROUGHOUT THE TWO-MONTH LONG CONFLICT THAT NONE OF ITS TROOPS HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN OPERATIONS ON INDIA'S SIDE OF THE BORDER. BUT INDIA SAYS IT HAS PROOF THAT REGULAR PAKISTANI SOLDIERS ARE FIGHTING IN THE MOUNTAINS NEAR THE TOWNS OF KARGIL AND DRAS, IN INDIAN KASHMIR. THE APPARENT AGREEMENT BETWEEN MR. SHARIF AND PRESIDENT CLINTON PUTS PAKISTAN IN AN AWKWARD POSITION. MR. HUSSAIN SAYS PAKISTAN HAS WAGED A PUBLIC-RELATIONS CAMPAIGN TO PERSUADE THE WORLD THAT INDIA HAS VIOLATED THE LINE OF CONTROL IN THE PAST -- AND THAT THE FIGHTING IN KARGIL IS A RESULT OF INDIAN AGGRESSION. ///HUSSAIN ACT/// IT IS A VERY EMBARRASSING POSITION AND GOES AGAINST THE GRAIN OF OUR (PAKISTAN'S) PUBLIC POLICY ON KARGIL. THE MERE FACT WE HAVE TO GO TO WASHINGTON INDICATES THAT WE NEEDED TO LEAN ON WASHINGTON'S SHOULDER TO GET OUT OF THIS BOG. IT THROWS OUR STAND ON KARGIL OUT THE WINDOW. ///END ACT/// IN EARLY MAY, INDIA LAUNCHED A MASSIVE AIR AND GROUND ATTACK TO PUSH ARMED MUSLIM INSURGENTS OUT OF ITS TERRITORY, WHICH RAISED FEARS OF A WIDER CONFLICT BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES. OBSERVERS SAY BY SENDING THE INSURGENTS INTO INDIAN TERRITORY, PAKISTAN HAS ATTEMPTED TO FOCUS WORLD ATTENTION ON THE 50-YEAR OLD DISPUTE. BUT INDIA HAS REJECTED OUTSIDE INTERVENTION. U-S OFFICIALS HAVE INSISTED MR. CLINTON'S MEETING WITH MR. SHARIF SHOULD NOT BE SEEN AS MEDIATION. MEANWHILE, MILITANT GROUPS, BASED IN PAKISTAN, WHO ARE REPORTEDLY FIGHTING INDIAN TROOPS IN KASHMIR SAY THEY WILL NOT WITHDRAW FROM THE STRATEGIC MOUNTAIN-TOP POSITIONS THEY OCCUPY. THE GROUPS SAY THEY DO NOT TAKE ORDERS FROM PAKISTAN AND ACCUSE MR. SHARIF OF BOWING TO U-S PRESSURE. (SIGNED) NEB/SA/PLM 05-Jul-99 5:52 AM EDT (0952 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .