India has withdrawn visa granted to a Uygur activist Dolkun Isa after Beijing’s strong protest. India earlier granted permission to Dolkum Isa, a Germany based activist to attend a programme in Dharmasala and to meet Dalailama
But government sources told the media that visa is not cancelled because of the Chinese protest, but because there is an red corner notice against Dolkun Isa.
Dolkun Isa, is a Germany-based Uyghur activist. China brand him as a terrorist. India’s granting visa to Dolkun Isa was seen as country’s retaliation against China’s veto against banning and designating JeM leader Azaar Mahmood as terrorist
China accuses Dolkun Isa of terror activities in the remote Xinjiang region where there is frequent violence between the native Uyghur population and government forces. Xinjiang Uygur population culturally and ethnically more realated with central Asian countries than with China. The local population complain the government has been taking deliberate measures to culturally eliminate Uygurs. Isa was given asylum in Germany in the 1990s.
Earlier in an interview to NDTV Dolkun Isa has said that he haven’t decided yet on whether to come to India or not. He confirmed he got an electronic visa and asked India to provide security to him since China is not happy with his visit to India.
“China has put me on interpol list since 1997. Most countries have just ignored it. India is a democracy. I don’t think I’ll be arrested but I don’t want any difficulties either.”
The Chinese Foreign Ministry, in a statement, referred to an Interpol red corner notice against Isa and said: “Bringing him to justice is a due obligation of relevant countries.”
In recent days, India has raised the issue of China’s stand on Masood Azhar at the highest levels. Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar took it up with the Chinese leadership last week.
Azhar Mahmood issue and Dolkan visa has strained India – China relation in recent times. The latest move by the government in cancelling the visa issued to an activists China considers as terrorist is considered to be positive step by diplomatic experts. National Security Advisor Ajit Doval is to visit China this week