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DATE=8/12/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=PAK - INDIA (L) NUMBER=2-252724 BYLINE=AYAZ GUL DATELINE=ISLAMABAD INTERNET=YES CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is denouncing India for shooting down a Pakistani naval aircraft, condemning the attack as a "barbaric act." Mr. Sharif says the incident will make peace talks between the two nations more difficult. Ayaz Gul reports from Islamabad, the incident has re-ignited military tensions between the world's newest nuclear powers. TEXT: The Pakistani Prime Minister was speaking at a naval base in Karachi, after offering funeral prayers for the 16 naval personnel who died in Tuesday's attack. /// SHARIF ACT /// It's a barbaric act and [the] Indians have gunned down a plane which had no capability of doing any thing in self- defense. It did not violate the Indian air space. I think it is an act which is also very cowardly. ///END ACT/// India says its jets shot down the Pakistani anti- submarine plane when it strayed into Indian air space and refused repeated warnings to identify itself. Prime Minister Sharif says India's shooting down of the Pakistani plane has further complicated efforts to improve relations between the two countries. He says the incident is a very serious violation of international laws. Mr. Sharif warns that his country will do everything necessary to safeguard its sovereignty and national interests. Pakistan already has put its forces on high alert and fired a missile at Indian fighter aircraft flying along the border Wednesday; the attack caused no damage. Meanwhile, Pakistani authorities have flown diplomats to the crash site to prove their contention that the naval plane never strayed into Indian airspace. Just weeks ago, India and Pakistan nearly went to war over the disputed Kashmir region. The international community is expressing concern about increasing tensions between India and Pakistan since both rival countries conducted nuclear tests last year. (Signed) NEB/AG/WTW 12-Aug-1999 10:20 AM EDT (12-Aug-1999 1420 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .