Two days ago, the Indian government’s decision to rile China by granting World Uyghur Congress leader Dolkun Isa a visa to attend a democracy conference
in Dharmashala received a resounding applause from nationalists. Many saw it as a “tit-for-tat” response to China’s snubbing of India’s resolution that the UN ban Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Maulana Masood Azhar.
But on Saturday, the government cancelled Dolkun Isa’s visa, issued on April 16, citing that he was issued an electronic tourist visa which was invalid for addressing public meetings.
Reports say that the cancellation of his visa might have come because of an Interpol Red Corner notice against him.
The Home Ministry will issue him a fresh visa if Isa applied under appropriate category.
Isa himself informed reporters of the cancellation of his visa. He said that the government did not offer an explanation.
The Germany based Isa was to attend the conference on the China’s democratic transformation. China blames Isa and the WUC for masterminding terrorist activities in Xinjiang region.
It is noteworthy that despite Interpol notice against him, Isa has been living freely in Germany after he fled to the West in 1997.
When reports of India granting visa to Isa started circulating, Beijing had expressed its displeasure in clear words. Foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said:
Only two countries before India have not allowed Isa to enter their borders – Taiwan and South Korea.