Kher questions visa denial, says Pak fears free dialogue (Update)

Mumbai, Feb. 2 (ANI): Bollywood actor Anupam Kher, who claimed that his visa to Pakistan for attending the Karachi Literature Festival was denied, said in a series of tweets that the Pakistan Government fears free dialogue.

“Indian Govt welcomes Pakistan based writers, artists, actors etc. Pakistan Govt. bans entry of Indian actors. Why fear a free dialogue? Didn’t Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs red flag my name to Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi? Why hide facts deliberately?” Kher asked in a series of tweet.

Expressing grief at being denied a visa for the second time in a year, Kher added that around 17 people will participate in the Karachi Literature Festival as guests except him.

“I feel bad for all those people who were looking forward to meet me in Pakistan and vice versa. Sorry to them. Hopefully one day,” he added.

Questioning his visa denial, the Bollywood actor asked whether his visa has been denied because he speaks about India’s rich tradition of tolerance or I am a Kashmiri Pandit who may expose Pak terror nexus?

Reacting to the Pakistan High Commission’s claims that he had never applied for a visa, Kher said the former should know their rules.

“Pak High Commission shud know their own rules. #KarachiLitFest had given my name to authorities 1 month back & have my name in every poster,” he said.

The Pakistani High Commission had refuted Kher’s claim and said that they have received no visa application from the actor.

The actor was denied a Pakistani visa in May 2015 as well, when he wanted to visit Pakistan to attend the Lahore Literary Festival. (ANI)

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