Visa Cancelled as Isa Suppressed Fact, Says MEA
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