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Congress, National Conference take a dig at Centre for cancelling Chinese activist Dolkun Isa's visa
Germany-based Uyghur activist Dolkun Isa has expressed his dismay at Indian government's decision to cancel his visa and blamed China for it. However, the Congress party has said that Chinese dissident activist Isa cannot be equated with terrorist Masood Azhar.

Indian government withdrew Isa's visa after China protested in strong terms against his visit to India and meet Dalai Lama. Earlier India had issued a visitor's visa to Isa to attend a conference in Dharamshala, drawing the "ire" of China. Isa is currently the Executive Committee Chairman of the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) banned by China.

Congress spokesperson Sanjay Jha in a tweet took a dig at the central government for its U-turn on Isa's visa issue.

National Conference chief, Omar Abdullah too took to twitter to express his views post visa cancellation of Isa.

Earlier China had refused to support India's stand on JeM Chief Masood Azhar that he should be blacklisted for his terror related activities.

Isa was being prosecuted in China for his anti-national activities and he fled from China in 1997 and sought asylum in Europe, and became a citizen of Germany in 2006. It is worth noting that earlier, another Uyghur activist Rebiya Kadeer, was denied a visa to visit India.

Isa is regarded as a Uyghur democracy activist from the region of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region or East Turkestan populated by Muslims said to be under the occupation of China. He has spoken on behalf of the rights of the largely Islamic population in that region and Chinese Government had termed Isa a terrorist especially after the 2009 mass riots in which at least 197 people were killed.

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