India continued to maintain that there was no pressure from the China to withdraw the visa granted to Isa.
After the snub in the UN over the Maulana Masood Azhar issue, India was desperate to prove a point to China. A source says that there were negotiations behind the scenes and only after making our point to the Chinese did we agree to withdraw the visa.
India's action to grant Isa a visa despite there being a red corner alert against him was seen as a tit for tat action. China at the insistence of Pakistan had blocked a move by India to impose a ban on Azhar, the Jaish-e-Mohammad chief at the United Nations.
We could have allowed him:
The official says that had China not accepted our point on Azhar, we could have still gone ahead and allowed Isa to visit India. He has been on the wanted list since 2003.
He lives in Germany and had even visited Washington recently despite the Chinese protesting and there being a red corner alert against him.
We just did not want to complicate matters. However what is important here is that the point has been made to China. We have told them that we respect their sentiments where their most wanted terrorists are concerned. We expect them to respect ours too, we made it clear to the Chinese.