Anupam Kher Denied Visa For Karachi Literature Festival, Pakistan Rejects Claim

Famous Bollywood actor Anupam Kher has been denied a visa by Pakistan High Commission. He was going to attend the Karachi Literature Festival on February 5.

He was invited by the organisers of the literary festival in Karachi as one of their guests.

While talking to ANI, the actor, who was recently awarded Padma Bhushan, said that he is disappointed and sad about this. “Out of 18 participants, 17 were given a visa and I was denied,” he said.


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The actor expressed his anger and disappointment on Twitter as well. He asked if his visa was cancelled because he has spoken about the tolerance debate in India or because he’s a Kashmiri Pandit.

Kher said that we always welcome the artists from Pakistan in India. 60-year-old actor said that he does not have any clue why his visa has not been issued.

According to Kher, this incident has left the organisers of Karachi Literature Festival embarrassed and they have aplogised to him.



However, the Pakistan High Commission responded to his allegation saying that they have received no Visa application from Anupam Kher. The actor had also been denied Visa to Pakistan in May 2015. He was then invited by an NGO for an event in Lahore.

On the other side, senior Congress leader Salman Khurseed has been given Visa to participate in the festival.

Anupam Kher had been surrounded by the controversy after he was awarded Padma Bhushan as some believe people that he was given the award because of his support to the NDA government on intolerance debate in the country.

A few days ago he had a spat on Twitter with senior Congress leader and Member of Parliament Shashi Tharoor.

The war of words started with the Congress MP’s response to the actor’s recently reported remark that he is scared to openly say he is a Hindu.

Then Kher responded and called Tharoor “Congi Chamcha.”

Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) was launched in March 2010. Founded by Ameena Saiyid and Asif Farrukhi and produced by Oxford University Press, it brings together authors writing in diverse languages and genres.

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