25 April, New Delhi
India has cancelled the visa given to a leading Chinese dissident to participate in a conference in Dharamsala, after China’s objection over it. Sources said the visa given to Dolkun Isa has been cancelled. Isa, a leader of World Uyghur Congress, had been invited for the conference being organised by US-based ‘Initiatives for China’.
India’s decision to allow World Uyghur Congress leaders whom China regards as backers of terrorism in Xinjiang province had come in the backdrop of Beijing blocking India’s bid to get Jaish e Mohamed chief Masood Azhar designated as a terrorist by the UN.
Meanwhile, agency reports say that Isa has expressed his disappointment over the Indian Government’s decision of cancelling his visa.
In an email interview to UNI news agency the Uyghur leader said he received the information of cancellation of his visa on Saturday, days before he was to travel to Himachal Pradesh to attend a conference on the issue of human rights.