Pakistan Denies visa to Anupam Kher to Attend Karachi

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NEW DELHI: Pakistan on Tuesday denied a visa to actor and BJP sympathiser Anupam Kher, who has been invited by the organisers of a literary festival in Karachi as one of their guests.

Kher claims only he has been singled out of the 18 delegates who applied for the visa. “I am very sad and disappointed that out of 18 participants, 17 were given visa and I was denied,” Kher said.

Reacting to reports, the Pakistan High Commission, however, has claimed Kher never submitted any application for the visa.

“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.

Mr Kher said he had been “informed that the Pakistan foreign ministry had denied permission” for his visa.

Pakistani officials claim that the veteran actor had not even applied for a visa.

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

The Karachi literature festival is to start on Friday.

Mr Kher, 60, was recently named for one of the country’s top civilian awards, Padma Bhushan.

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