In a complete U-Turn of events, Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit called Anupam Kher and had shown his regret over the issue of Kher being denied a visa to attend the Karachi Literature Fest.
However, the actor thanked the high commissioner for his offer but declined it saying that he had already given the dates to some other function.
Thank you Mr. @abasitpak1 for your call & offering me visa to visit Karachi. I appreciate it. Unfortunately i’ve given away those dates now.
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) February 3, 2016
There has been a huge uproar regarding the whole issue, as the Pakistani High Commission has claimed that the actor had not applied for the visa. The issue came to light when Anupam Kher announced that he had been denied a visa by Pakistan to attend the Karachi Literature Festival which is set to begin on Friday.
The Pakistan High Commission refuted his claim by saying that the actor never applied for a visa.
Kher was one the 18 Indians who were invited for the literature fest, but he was the only one who was denied a visa.
In a press conference, Kher said that he was upset and disappointed. “I am not angry, I am hurt, upset. Of the 18, why was I singled out? It could be either that I am a Kashmiri Pandit and trying to divide the people, or because I have spoken about the issue of intolerance, taken a stand and applauded my PM. Otherwise, there is no logical reason why the visa was denied to me. This has happened to me for the third time.
KLF director Ameena Saiyid even confirmed the fact that the organizers of the literature fest were advised by the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi to inform “Mr Kher” not to submit a visa application as he would not be issued one.