Visa Can­celled as Isa Sup­pressed Fact, Says MEA

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On Thurs­day, visas to ac­tivist Ra Wong and Chi­nese dis­si­dent Lu Jin­guh were also de­nied MEA also ad­mit­ted that China had made its po­si­tion clear to New Delhi that it should hon­our the In­ter­pol red-cor­ner no­tice against Isa New Delhi: The gov­ern­ment has said Uyghur rebel Dolkun Isa’s visa was can­celled as he had sup­pressed the fact that he was at­tend­ing the Dharam­sala con­fer­ence when he ap­plied for the visa and it was not be­cause of Chi­nese pres­sure. On Thurs­day, New Delhi also de­nied visas to Chi­nese dis­si­dent Lu Jin­guh and ac­tivist Ra Wong who wanted to at­tend the Dharam­sala con­fer­ence. Lu is an ac­tivist from the Tianan­men Square days, while Ra is a Hong Kong-based ac­tivist. The Min­istry of Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs also ad­mit­ted that China had made its po­si­tion clear to New Delhi that it should hon­our the In­ter­pol red-cor­ner no­tice against Isa.

Ex­ter­nal af­fairs min­istry spokesper­son Vikas Swarup said, “Isa ap­plied for a tourist visa un­der the elec­tronic travel au­tho­ri­sa­tion sys­tem. He was ac­cord­ingly granted the visa. Af­ter ob­tain­ing the visa, Isa stated publicly that he would at­tend a con­fer­ence in In­dia, a fact which was sup­pressed in the visa form and some­thing that a tourist visa does not per­mit. Fur­ther­more, it came to the no­tice of au­thor­i­ties that Isa was sub­ject of an In­ter­pol red-cor­ner no­tice.”

When asked if China had raised its ob­jec­tion on grant­ing of visa to Isa, he said, “they made their po­si­tion clear that Isa has an In­ter­pol red-cor­ner no­tice and all the coun­tries which are mem­ber of In­ter­pol should hon­our that.”

“As fas as Lu Jinghua's visa is con­cerned, her doc­u­ments were il­leg­i­ble and there was in­con­sis­tency with the pur­pose of her visit. In­so­far as Ray Wong is con­cerned, there was data in­con­sis­tency in his doc­u­ments. As such visas were not is­sued to both th­ese in­di­vid­u­als so ques­tion of re­vo­ca­tion does not arise,” a gov­ern­ment source said.

When the news of visa to Isa came out, NSA AK Do­val was in Beijing hold­ing talks with the Chi­nese lead­er­ship on a range of strate­gic is­sues. There is very lit­tle public knowl­edge of what tran­spired, ex­pect the fact that Do­val strongly raised with China the is­sue of veto against In­dia’s bid to ban Azhar Ma­sood un­der the UN 1267 sanc­tions com­mit­tee.

In­ci­den­tally, Isa re­ceived a short mail last Satur­day that his visa has been can­celled af­ter the NSA’s re­turn. Did some hard-bargaining take place be­tween the two sides on the mat­ters of Isa and Azhar and was any quid pro quo worked out? Was In­dia test­ing the wa­ters? Sources in­di­cated China’s po­si­tion in the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil on Azhar will be keenly watched.

In­dia and China had in 2006 agreed on a three-point prin­ci­ple against sep­a­ratist groups and or­gan­i­sa­tions. How­ever, Beijing has vi­o­lated this prin­ci­ple in the in­ter­est of its all­weather friend Pak­istan. Ex­perts ap­pre­hend that af­ter In­dia's visa to Isa, Beijing may grant visa to Hur­riyat Con­fer­ence leader Mir­waiz for any China-Pak­istan eco­nomic cor­ri­dor is­sue.

Uyghur rebel Dolkun Isa FILE PHOTO

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