NEW DELHI: In a U-turn, India has cancelled the visa given to Dolkun Isa, a leading Chinese dissident and head of the World Uyghur Congress, to participate in the annual Interethnic Interfaith Leadership Conference in Dharamsala.
The move to cancel the visa just days before the conference could be a result of Chinese pressure, Isa said on Monday. Although the Ministry of Home Affairs did not give any explanation for cancelling Isa’s visa, a source said, “He had applied for an e-tourist visa but the real intent was to attend a conference and after checking the matter with Dharmshala authorities, the decision to cancel his visa was taken. He was issued e-tourist visa on April 6.” India’s decision to allow Isa’s visit was widely perceived as a “tit for tat” against China which recently had blocked India’s move to designate Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a terrorist.
China had claimed Isa was a terrorist with an Interpol red corner notice in force against, stating that bringing him to justice was an obligation of relevant countries.