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India invites Pakistani to attend peace talks

NEW DELHI -- India said on Tuesday it was ready for peace talks with Pakistan but would not suspend its air and ground strikes against infiltrators in disputed Kashmir.

India began the attacks on May 26 against Moslem fighters who have crossed from the Pakistani to the Indian part of the Himalayan region.Pakistan has proposed sending its foreign minister Sartaj Aziz to New Delhi, and on Tuesday India suggested that the minister visit on June 12.

Islamabad has yet to respond to the proposal for talks on Saturday, and an Indian government spokesman said a visit by Aziz would not stop its armed forces' offensive in the Himalayan region.

"There is no plan to link the military operations with the foreign minister's visit. Military operations will continue as required in the judgment of the armed forces," Ramindar Singh Jassal, spokesman for India's foreign ministry told reporters.

Indian defense officials said airstrikes on infiltrators' positions in the Kargil, Drass and Batalik areas on Tuesday morning were followed by assaults by ground troops.

On Monday India said it had pushed the infiltrators back from positions four miles inside Indian territory to just two miles from the ceasefire line.