DATE=12/17/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=PAKISTAN / BLAST (L-ONLY) NUMBER=2-257253 BYLINE=AYAZ GUL DATELINE=ISLAMABAD INTERNET=YES CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: A powerful bomb has killed at least nine people and injured 20 others in the Pakistan- controlled part of Kashmir. Ayaz Gul reports from Islamabad, local officials are blaming India for the blast, which they are calling a "subversive act." TEXT: Police in Pakistani Kashmir say the bomb exploded in a crowd watching a street entertainer in a small town (Islamgarh), 140 kilometers south of the regional capital, Muzafarabad. Witnesses say five people died on the spot. The injured were taken to a hospital, where some are said to be in critical condition. Police say most of the victims are teen- age boys. Friday's attack was the second explosion in a week on the Pakistani side of Kashmir. On Tuesday, a bomb explosion on a bus injured six people. No one is claiming responsibility, but the regional police chief, Mohammed Asrar, made it clear he blames India for the attack. /// ASRAR ACT /// The investigations are in progress, but one thing I must say that the enemy [India] agents are behind the incident and all other sabotage activities going on in this part of Kashmir. /// END ACT /// The Kashmir region is divided between India and Pakistan, and the two countries have fought two wars over Kashmir since gaining independence from Britain in 1947. Both New Delhi and Islamabad accuse each other of sponsoring cross-border terrorist acts. (Signed) NEB/AG/LTD/WTW 17-Dec-1999 12:48 PM EDT (17-Dec-1999 1748 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .