DATE=1/22/2000 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=INDIA / KASHMIR (L-ONLY) NUMBER=2-258319 BYLINE=ANJANA PASRICHA DATELINE=NEW DELHI CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: Indian and Pakistani troops fought a gun battle Saturday along the disputed Kashmir border. Indian authorities say at least six Pakistani and two Indian soldiers were killed in the exchange of fire. From New Delhi, Anjana Pasricha has a report. TEXT: The heavy exchange of gunfire between Indian and Pakistani troops took place early Saturday near Pallanwala, about 30 kilometers northwest of Jammu, the winter capital of Indian Kashmir. Defense authorities in Jammu say Pakistani troops attacked an Indian border post, killing an Indian army officer and a soldier. Indian troops retaliated, killing or wounding several Pakistani soldiers. The authorities say Indian troops also destroyed a Pakistani army bunker. India and Pakistan sporadically exchanged fire at the so-called line of control that divides Kashmir between the two countries. Tensions on the Kashmir border have increased since Indian troops fought a 10-week battle last year to evict Pakistan-backed Muslim guerrillas who had captured high mountain peaks in Kashmir. Since the summer battle in the Himalayas, violence in the Kashmir region has escalated, with Muslim guerrillas also stepping-up attacks on Indian army posts. The Indian government and defense analysts in New Delhi are blaming Pakistan for the increased violence. Defense analyst C. Raja Mohan says Islamabad wants to focus international attention on the Kashmir issue. /// RAJA MOHAN ACT /// It's fairly clear that in the last few months the Pakistanis have decided to step up the level of violence and step up the level of attacks against Indian forces inside the Kashmiri valley. /// END ACT /// On Friday, Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee accused Pakistan of backing separatist rebels, not only in Kashmir but also in the northeast of the country, where India is also grappling with several separatist movements. Mr Vajpayee said Pakistan was trying to "destabilize India." Islamabad denies the Indian charges, and says it only gives moral and diplomatic support to the rebels. India controls two-thirds of Kashmir, Pakistan the rest. Both countries claim the entire region. (Signed) NEB/AP/WTW 22-Jan-2000 06:00 AM EDT (22-Jan-2000 1100 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .