DATE=8/4/2000 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=INDIA/KASHMIR (L-ONLY) (CQ) NUMBER=2-265144 BYLINE=ANJANA PASRICHA DATELINE=NEW DELHI CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: India's prime minister is calling on all militant groups in Indian Kashmir to hold talks with the government. The prime minister's appeal comes a day after Indian negotiators held their first round of talks with Kashmir's front-line militant group, the Hizbul Mujahideen. As Anjana Pasricha reports from New Delhi, the Indian leader is also accusing a Pakistan-based militant group of carrying out a series of massacres in Kashmir earlier this week. TEXT: Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee told parliament Friday that New Delhi will continue to fight terrorism in Kashmir -- but will at the same time press ahead with moves to restore peace in the region. He says separatist groups that oppose the government's talks with the Hizbul Mujahideen should also join the peace process. India's talks with commanders of the Hizbul Mujahideen went ahead despite the killing of nearly a 100 people in a wave of violence in Kashmir earlier this week. Prime Minister Vajpayee told lawmakers that weapons and ammunition found at the sites of the massacres had established that they were carried out by the Lakshar- e-Toiba group, which opposes a political settlement with the Indian government in Kashmir. The Pakistan- based group has denied any involvement in the killings. Indian opposition parties, meanwhile, have sharply criticized the government for failing to prevent the recent wave of violence against Hindu pilgrims in the region. The leader of the opposition Congress Party, Sonia Gandhi, accused the government of lowering its guard after the Hizbul Mujahideen declared a cease- fire in Kashmir. /// GANDHI ACT /// It is obvious there were very serious government lapses in the security for the pilgrims. There are many, many questions which need to be answered. What has happened there is inexcusable. /// END ACT /// The government has stepped-up security for thousands of Hindu pilgrims travelling to the holy Amarnath shrine in Kashmir. An estimated 30-thousand people have died over the past decade in separatist violence in Kashmir -- a disputed region divided between India and Pakistan. (signed) NEB/AP/JP 04-Aug-2000 09:49 AM LOC (04-Aug-2000 1349 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .