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India may resort to stapled visa to Tibetans

August 31, 2010

India Today
August 30, 2010

Agitated by Beijing's denial of visa to a senior
Indian Army official and now concerned over the
presence of the biggest neighbour's army in
Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), India is looking
at measures to tackle the Pakistan-China nexus.

After reports of the presence of People's
Liberation Army (PLA) in Gilgit and Baltistan
regions of PoK, the Indian envoys have been told
to compile and report Chinese activities in their
jurisdiction, especially in the neighbourhood.

The intelligence agencies have also been asked to
provide assessment on the Chinese troops' movement in PoK.

Meanwhile, New Delhi is considering issuing
stapled visas for applicants from Tibet and those
from areas conceded to China by Pakistan if China persists with stapled visas.

The proposal under consideration by the foreign
office has to be cleared by Cabinet Committee for Security.

Recently, China had denied entry to general
officer commanding-in-chief of northern area
command Lieutenant General B.S. Jaswal saying he
was responsible for Jammu and Kashmir, a state
that the neighbouring country claims is disputed.

Also, China has been stapling visa to people from
Jammu and Kashmir instead of stamping on the
passport as it does in other cases. India has
already objected to the move but Beijing has been adamant.
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