Karachi literary fest: Pakistan denies visa to Anupam Kher

New Delhi: Veteran Bollywood actor Anupam Kher on Tuesday has been denied a visa by Pakistan. The Padma Bhushan awardee was scheduled to attend Literary festival in Karachi starting this Friday (February 5).

Expressing his suffering over the issue, the actor said that he is very sad and disappointed that out of 18 participants 17 were given visa and he was the only one denied.

The maverick actor took to Twitter to express his disappointment. He tweeted: "Delay is the deadliest form of denial.":).

"Has my visa been denied because I speak about India's rich tradition of tolerance or I am a Kashmiri Pandit who may expose the Pakistan terror nexus?" he questioned.

In a series of tweets the actor said:

However, the Pakistan High Commission has maintained that they haven't even received Kher's visa application.

"He has not submitted a visa application. Please check from him if he has any receipt," Pakistan High Commission spokesperson Manzoor Ali Memon told media.

Earlier today, the Pakistan HC has rejected Kher's claims, saying they had not received any visa application from the Indian actor.

Speaking to a news agency, the 60-year-old Bollywood actor said the Pakistan High Commission is lying as rest of the 17 participants were given visa, and he was denied.  

Kher will be addressing the media this evening at his acting school in Mumbai where the actor would be presenting evidences that he had applied for the visa. He tweeted:

He also added that he was upset by not having been able to attend the fest as he wanted to go to Pakistan and talk about India and its traditions and meet the people of Pakistan and know their views. "I wished to discuss Kashmiri Pandit issue, I wanted to talk on terrorism, I wanted to talk about my country, but I have not been allowed to do so. A dialogue is very essential to solve problems," he said.

Kher asserted that Pakistan's explanation over the denial of visa is "little laughable. They are lying. I got a call saying that my visa has been denied. Technically, they have to say something so they are giving this explanation."

Few days back, the actor had said that 82 percent people think that Article 370 should be abolished in Jammu and Kashmir.

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