DATE=10/18/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=PAK SPEECH - INDIA REACT (S-ONLY) NUMBER=2-255165 BYLINE=JIM TEEPLE DATELINE=NEW DELHI CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: India is reacting cautiously to Pakistan's offer of a unilateral reduction of forces along the India - Pakistan border. The offer was made late Sunday in an address by General Pervez Musharraf the new head of Pakistan's military government. VOA's Jim Teeple reports from New Delhi. Text: India's National Security Advisor Brajesh Mishra says the Pakistani offer of a troop withdrawal has little meaning because it does not involve Pakistani troops along the line of control dividing the disputed Kashmir region. Mr. Mishra says Pakistan should instead stop aiding Islamic militants fighting in Kashmir. // MISHRA ACTUALITY // Let us first take the first step of stopping cross- border terrorism. // END ACTUALITY // India and Pakistan stepped up troop strength along their common border earlier this year when both countries came close to war after infiltrators entered Indian Kashmir from Pakistan. (Signed) neb/jlt/plm 18-Oct-1999 03:17 AM EDT (18-Oct-1999 0717 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .