India quietly withdraws visa to Chinese dissident

Untitled-4Apparently under pressure from China, India has cancelled the visa given to a leading Chinese dissident to participate in a conference in Dharamsala. China described the dissident Mr. Dolkun Isa a terrorist and a visa to him will jeopardize the bilateral relations.

“We have cancelled the visa given to Dolkun Isa,” a Home Ministry spokesperson today said without elaborating further. Isa, a leader of World Uyghur Congress (WUC), who lives in Germany, had been invited for the conference being organised by US-based ‘Initiatives for China’.

Reacting to the Indian move, Isa said -“may be because of Chinese pressure put on the Indian government. But, I do not know…I did not get any explanation from the Indian side,” he said.

China is trying to crush the extremism in the volatile muslim-dominated dominated Xinjiang province. WUC leaders have raised voice in favour of extremist elements.

It was also projected in media that India’s initial acceptance to Mr Dolkun was a tit for tat after Beijing put in blocks in United Nations- to slap sanctions on Pathankot terror attack mastermind Masood Azhar.

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