DATE=8/12/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=INDIA PAKISTAN DISPUTE THURS. 8/12 NUMBER=2-252710 BYLINE=JIM TEEPLE DATELINE=NEW DELHI CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: Indian and Pakistani forces are on high alert Thursday, after Pakistan's firing of surface-to-air missiles at three Indian military helicopters and their jet fighter escorts, Wednesday. This followed Pakistan's downing of an Indian plane Tuesday, killing 16 people. The United States and other nations have appealed for restraint -- just weeks after India and Pakistan backed away from a military confrontation in Kashmir. V-O-A's Jim Teeple has more from our New Delhi bureau. Text: Indian Air Force Chief A-Y Tipnis says a major portion of the wreckage of the Pakistani plane is in Pakistan. Indian defense officials say the plane was shot down several kilometers inside Indian territory, after it failed to respond to warnings and attempted to flee back across the border. The say the plane was traveling at a high speed and wreckage is dispersed over a wide area. Indian Foreign Ministry spokesman Raminder Jassal says the Pakistani incursion over Indian territory is provocative. //Jassal Actuality // Provocative activity of this kind is not conducive the normalization and improvement of all-around relations between the two countries. // end actuality / Pakistan denies its plane was over Indian territory. Pakistani officials their forces fired at Indian jet fighters who were escorting three Indian helicopters, Wednesday. The helicopters were carrying journalists to view wreckage the Pakistani plane, in an isolated marsh area, about 97 kilometers southeast of the Pakistani port Karachi. (Signed) NEB / JLT / wd / wd 12-Aug-1999 03:33 AM LOC (12-Aug-1999 0733 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .