After Masood Azhar episode, India irks China by issuing visa to Uyghur 'terrorist'
New Delhi: In a move that may be viewed by China as a 'tit for tat' response from India,New Delhi has granted a visa to a Germany-based Uyghur activist, branded a terrorist by the Chinese government, to meet the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.
India has issued visas to at least four Chinese Uyghur nationals—all of them deemed dissidents and at least one ‘a terrorist’ by Beijing—attend a conference on democracy in Dharamsala later this month, reports say.
Munich-based Dolkun Isa, from the World Uyghur Congress (WUC), has been accused of terrorism and conspiracy to kill people in Xinjiang in China’s remote northwest.
“Dolkun Isa is a terrorist on red notice of Interpol and the Chinese police. Bringing him to justice is a due obligation of relevant countries,” China’s foreign ministry told Hindustan Times in an emailed response late on Thursday.
India's decision comes against the backdrop ofthe communist nation vetoeing against New Delhi's bid to sanction Masood Azhar, the chief of the outlawed Jaish-e-Mohammed.
The Indian government is reportedlyupset about Chinese plans to build a $46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor announced last April.
Exiled Chinese activists from around the world will gather to discuss democratic transition in China.