India on Monday said it had withdrawn a visa to an exiled Uighur leader whom China has long branded a terrorist, provoking criticizm from the opposition that it had buckled to pressure from Beijing.
China blames unrest that has killed hundreds of people in its far western province of Xinjiang on Islamist militants looking to establish an independent state for the mostly Muslim Uighur ethnic minority.
Dolkun Isa, executive chairman of the Munich-based World Uyghur Congress, planned to attend a conference this month in India’s northern hill town of Dharamsala, the seat of the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.
Isa’s World Uyghur Congress is a leading ethnic Uighur group which advocates democracy and human rights.
New Delhi granted Isa a tourist visa in a sign that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government was ready to break from the past, when it had discouraged a visit by the top exiled Uighur leader, Rebiya Kadeer, in 2009.
But on Monday, an interior ministry spokesman said Isa’s electronic visa had been withdrawn, without giving a reason for the decision. Read More