Friday, August 27, 2010

China denies visa to J&K Gen, India hits back

India has suspended defence exchanges with China after Beijing refused a visa to an Indian army general from the Kashmir region, media reports said on Friday. Indian army's General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Northern Area Command was denied visa because he was responsible for "disputed" region of Jammu & Kashmir, according to China. A government source said the Indian government would issue a statement later on Friday over the issue. The Chinese have been provokng India on Kashmir in recent times by refusing to paste visas on the passports of residents of J&K, instead stapling them instead. India has strongly protestd this practice since the government refuses to recognize stapled visas as valid travel documents

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