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DATE=8/2/2000 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=PAKISTAN-KASHMIR (L) NUMBER=2-265061 BYLINE=AYAZ GUL DATELINE=ISLAMABAD CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: Muslim militant groups are denying involvement in the killing of more than 90 people, mostly Hindu civilians, in Indian Kashmir. They say it could be the work of Indian intelligence agencies to portray "freedom fighters as terrorists". Pakistan, which is accused of training the militants, has condemned the massacres. From Islamabad, Ayaz Gul reports. TEXT: Most of the militant groups fighting Indian forces in Kashmir are based in Pakistan. These guerrilla groups have denied Indian allegations they were involved in the massacres in the disputed Himalayan region. Hafiz Mohammed Saeed is the head of Lashkar-e-Taiba, which is known for its suicide attacks against Indian forces in Kashmir. Mr. Saeed says the killing of innocent civilians is against the spirit of their struggle in Kashmir. /// Saeed Act in Urdu, fade under /// Mr. Saeed says their jihad, or holy war, is against Indian soldiers and not the civilians. India accuses Pakistan of training Islamic militants to foment the 10-year old separatist rebellion in the two-thirds of Kashmir controlled by India. Pakistan, which controls the rest, denies the charge and says it only provides moral and political support to what it calls a freedom struggle. A Pakistan Foreign Ministry spokesman, Riaz Mohammed Khan, says his country condemns the killing of civilians in Kashmir. He says the possibility of the involvement of Indian forces in the attacks cannot be ruled out. /// Khan Act /// Pakistan condemns the reported loss of many civilian lives in an attack in Indian held Kashmir. On previous occasions, terrorist acts aimed at civilians have been carried out by renegade elements, at the behest of the Indian security forces, to malign the Kashmir freedom struggle internationally. /// End Act /// There are more than a dozen militant Islamic groups fighting for Kashmir's outright independence or its union with Muslim Pakistan. India and Pakistan have already fought two wars over Kashmir. (SIGNED) NEB/AG/JP 02-Aug-2000 10:47 AM LOC (02-Aug-2000 1447 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .