Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday hit out at the Centre for cancelling the visa given to a Chinese dissident.
“What was all that chest thumping earlier?” Omar asked on Twitter after India decided to withdraw the visa to Chinese dissident Dolkun Isa apparently after protests by China over the issue.
For the last few days we were treated to lots of self-congratulatory chest thumping about how this Govt is the 1st to stand up to China.— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) April 25, 2016
Congress spokesperson Sanjay Jha too took a dig at the government on Twitter.
All those who were prematurely celebrating Mr Modi's muscular machismo on foreign policy, please have a white-egg omelet. #DolkunIsa— Sanjay Jha (@JhaSanjay) April 25, 2016
I repeat , foreign policy, is alien to Narendra Modi. He thinks it is like a kite flying competition. A sorry mess. https://t.co/85SrR9iE32— Sanjay Jha (@JhaSanjay) April 25, 2016
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’. Isa was granted a tourist visa to travel to India this week for the conference in Dharamsala, which Tibetan leader-in-exile the Dalai Lama is also expected to attend.
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.
India’s decision last week to allow WUC leaders whom China regards as backers of terrorism in its volatile Muslim- dominated Xinjiang province had come in the backdrop of Beijing blocking India’s bid to get Pathankot terror attack mastermind Masood Azhar designated as a terrorist by the UN.
China’s unhappiness about reports that Isa has been given the visa was reflected in Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying saying, “What I want to point out is that Dolkun is a terrorist in red notice of the Interpol and Chinese police. Bringing him to justice is due obligation of relevant countries.”