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Border Bloodshed Erupts Again in Kashmir

Aired April 26, 2000 - 1:39 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: For almost a year, the world's two newest nuclear powers have teetered on the brink of war. India and Pakistan still point guns at one another across the border of Kashmir. India beefed-up its troops today after eight soldiers were killed.

CNN recently gained access to the line of control between the two enemies. Correspondent Satinder Bindra reports from an area normally off limits to journalists.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

SATINDER BINDRA, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Pakistani soldiers on full battle alert. These troops are part of the 50,000 Pakistani soldiers deployed on the line of control dividing Kashmir, dubbed "the most dangerous place in the world."

All the Pakistani guns here point towards its nuclear neighbor, India. Thousands of Indian troops are within shouting distance of some of these posts.

(on camera): Here on the line of control, Pakistani snipers aim to kill any Indian soldiers they see on the other side. Indian snipers, too, fire frequently to deter any troop movement on this side.

(voice-over): Over the past few months in this area alone, Pakistan says India has rained down 20,000 shells, killing 35 civilians.

BRIG. KHALID NAWAZ, PAKISTANI ARMY: The current situation along the line of control continues to be tense. The Indians continue with their unprovoked shelling and firing.

BINDRA: India denies it targets civilians, but bus driver Nissar Khan (ph) says his missing legs tell a different story.

"They say we are Muslims," says Khan. "We should be destroyed. They don't care if they are hitting the army or civilians. They bomb us when they want."

India accuses Pakistan of making preparations for another military offensive, and sending armed militants into Indian-controlled Kashmir. To stop incursions, India plans to deploy remote-controlled surveillance aircraft along the line of control. Pakistan says such a deployment could further increase tensions in the region.

ABDUL SATTAR, PAKISTANI FOREIGN MINISTER: We would, first of all, expect India to observe the existing international law, regarding respect for air space, regarding respect for the line of control.

BINDRA: India refuses to hold talks with its neighbor to defuse the tension. Pakistan wants the international community to intervene before another border war breaks out or more Pakistani civilians become casualties.

Satinder Bindra, CNN, Chakoti, on the Pakistani side of the line of control.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

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