DATE=7/26/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=INDIA - PAKISTAN - KASHMIR (L) NUMBER=2-252156 BYLINE=JIM TEEPLE DATELINE=NEW DELHI CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: India says it has cleared all intruders from its territory in Kashmir. Indian commanders say all of the guerrilla fighters, who they say invaded from Pakistan, have now been cleared from Indian soil. V- O-A's Jim Teeple reports from New Delhi while the fighting in Kashmir has ended, tensions remain high along the Line of Control, which divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan. Text: A top Indian General says even though Pakistan withdrew its forces from Indian Kashmir on July 17th many guerrilla fighters remained behind and Indian troops have been involved in heavy fighting in recent days to evict them. Lieutenant General N-C Vij, the director general of military operations for the Indian Army, says the last three sectors where guerrilla fighters were active have now been cleared. // Vij Act // These intruders have now been evicted and there is no Pakistani presence on Indian territory. // End Act // // OPT // Pakistan denies all involvement in the fighting in Kashmir, but Pakistan's Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, did agree to work to withdraw forces from Indian territory earlier this month after a meeting with President Bill Clinton in Washington. // END OPT // General Vij says while the fighting has now ended in Kashmir and all of what he calls Pakistani-backed intruders have now been evicted from Indian territory, Indian forces will remain vigilant. He says shelling continues from both sides of the border - something he says will likely continue until Pakistan and India reach some sort of understanding over border issues in Kashmir. // 2nd Vij Act // As far as the situation in the Kargil sector goes, both sides are in the process of occupying new positions on the Line-of Control. There is very active patrolling and sporadic firing (artillery) is being carried out by both sides. // End Act // General Vij says Pakistan has recently reinforced its troop strength on its side of the Kashmir border and tensions along the border will not likely ease anytime soon. The Indian Army General says he considers the operation to clear Indian territory a success, but he says large numbers of Indian troops will remain in the mountainous area indefinitely to prevent any future incursions into Kashmir. (Signed) NEB/JLT/KL 26-Jul-1999 10:27 AM LOC (26-Jul-1999 1427 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .