Dolkun Isa, a leader of World Uyghur Congress (WUC) was slated to attend a conference organised by US-based ‘Initiatives for China.’
“We have cancelled the visa given to Dolkun Isa,” said a Home Ministry spokesperson.
Reacting to the decision of Ministry of Home Affairs, Isa said that Indian authorities informed him on April 23 that his visa has been cancelled.
“I do not know the reason. May be because of Chinese pressure put on the Indian government, I did not get any explanation from the Indian side,” Isa said.
Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah hit out at the Centre immediately for cancelling the visa given to a Chinese dissident.
“For the last few days we were treated to lots of self-congratulatory chest thumping about how this Govt is the first to stand up to China,” Omar said on twitter.
Isa was granted a tourist visa to travel to India this week for the conference in Dharamsala, which Tibetan leader-in-exile the Dalai Lama is also expected to attend. China’s unhappiness about reports that Dolkun has been given the visa was reflected in Chinese Foreign Ministry
“What I want to point out is that Dolkun is a terrorist in red notice of the Interpol and Chinese police. Bringing him to justice is due obligation of relevant countries, ” said Hua recently.
It was reported last week that India’s decision to allow WUC leaders whom China regards as backers of terrorism had come in the backdrop of Beijing blocking India’s bid to get Pathankot terror attack mastermind Masood Azhar designated as a terrorist by the UN.
Dolkun Isa hails from China’s Xinjiang, which has over 10 million Uyghur population of Turkik origin Muslims, was on the boil for several years over Uyghur protests against the large-scale settlements of Hans from different part of the country.
China blames East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM), a militant Islamist group, for terrorist attacks in Xinjiang and other parts of the country.