Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday said that Dolkun Isa visa was cancelled because he didn’t mention that he was coming to attend a conference in India on his visa application.
Last week, when India cancelled the visa given to a leading Chinese dissident to participate in a conference in Dharamsala, it was said that it happened due to the buckling under pressure from China.
Isa, a leader of World Uyghur Congress (WUC), who lives in Germany, had been invited for the conference being organised by US-based ‘Initiatives for China’.
Cancellation of the visa is a U-turn on India’s part after having issued the visa to Isa only last week.
Reacting to the Indian move, Isa said, “On April 23, I got a very short note by the Indian side that my visa is cancelled. There was no explanation.”
He said he did not know what exactly was the reason for it. “May be because of Chinese pressure put on the Indian government. But, I do not know…I did not get any explanation from the Indian side,” he said.