Dolkun Isa, Uygur activist, termed the comparing him with Masood Azhar, the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief, as unjustifiable. Reacting to Indian Government’s decision to cancel the visa, he said comparing him with Azhar seeks only to delegitimise his decade of impassioned work as strictly non violent campaigner for Uiygur rights.
In a statement issued soon after the New Delhi canceled his visa, Isa regretted his planned trip to India has generated controversy. In a statement he said he “recognizes and understands the difficult position that the Indian government found itself, and regrets that my trip has generated such unwarranted controversy. As the Executive Committee Chairman of the World Uiyghur Congress (WUC), I express my disappointment on Indian authorities’ cancellation of my visa to attend the annual Inter Ethnic Interfaith Leadership Conference taking place in Dharamsala, India, from April 30 to May 1, 2016.
“India had granted me a tourist e-visa, but it was cancelled after my visit was widely reported in the Indian press. Following numerous reports, Indian authorities then proceeded to rescind the visa on April 23, 2016…China also has regularly attempted to block or interfere with my human rights work at the UN in Geneva, in particular”.
He also criticised China for Interpol’s Red Corner Notice against him. “Historically speaking, the Uiyghur community has maintained friendly ties with the Indian people. The Indian government hosted our late leader, Isa Yusuf Alptekin and Uiyghur refugees after they fled China in 1949. “