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India cancels Uyghur leader Dolkun Isa’s visa after China protest

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NEW DELHI — India has canceled visa to dissident Uyghur leader Dolkun Isa who was expected to attend a conference to be held in Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh, after strong protest from China.

China on Friday aired its concern over World Uyghur Congress (WUC) leader Dolkun Isa’s reported visit to India, saying he is a ‘terrorist’ on Interpol’s Red Corner and it is the obligation of all countries to bring him to justice.

Isa and other WUC leaders were granted visa to attend a meeting on democracy and China in Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh. Isa was also due to meet exiled Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama.

China, which considers WUC leaders as supporters of terrorism in its unstable Muslim-dominated Xinjiang province, had stated that Dolkun is a “terrorist” on Interpol’s Red Corner.

Xinjiang, which has more than 10 million Uyghur populace of Turkik- origin Muslims, has been on the boil for several years over Uyghur protests against the large-scale settlements of Han Chinese from different parts of the country.

China blames East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM), a militant Islamist group, for terrorist attacks in Xinjiang and other parts of the country.

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PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team

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KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.

PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.

Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.

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