Canada on Wednesday refused to issue visas to several former top Indian Army officials over their government’s continued atrocities in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK), according to media reports.
The officials who were denied visas include two former lieutenant generals, three former brigadiers and two former officials of an Indian intelligence agency.
Canadian immigration department said that visa requests are being denied because of the situation created by the Indian army in the disputed territory.
Amid reports of denial of visas by the Canadian authorities to retired Defence personnel who have served in Jammu and Kashmir, a retired Lieutenant Colonel from Bangalore is awaiting since 20 days for reply from the authorities concerned to his applications seeking single entry tourist visa to Canada.
“The authorities have retained our passports sent along with the applications on June 1. They have not returned them even after I told the Canada High Commission to consider the applications as withdrawn,” said Lt. Col. (Retd.) Dinakar Verma, who is in charge of the MEG Group and Centre’s Museum here.
Lt. Col. (Retd.) Verma and his wife planned to spend some time with their daughter who lives in Dreamland in the U.S. He booked air tickets leaving here on June 21 and also the return tickets from the U.S. in August. He sent applications to the Canadian High Commission through VFS Global, an authorised agency.
Lt. Col. (Retd.) Verma received a reply from the Immigration Section Officer of the High Commission on June 15 stating that further review was needed before a decision could be made on the applications.