WEB DESK: Bollywood veteran actor Anupam Kher was one of the several luminaries expected to attend the Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) all set to commence this weekend, but according to Indian media reports the actor has been denied a Pakistani visa.
Speaking to the news agency ANI, Kher said,”I am very sad and disappointed that out of 18 participants, 17 were given visa and I was denied.”
The actor took to Twitter to express his disappointment:
"Delay is the deadliest form of denial.":)
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) February 2, 2016
According to reports on Hindustan Times,the Pakistan High Commission claims that Kher has not even applied for a Pakistani visa.
The Hindustan Times also cites reports suggesting that the visa has been denied due to “security reasons”.
All set to commence on February 5, KLF is hosting several luminaries from India, including director/actor Nandita Das,transgender rights activist Laxmi Tripathi and Indian journalist Barkha Dutt.
While all others have their visas and will be attending the event, Kher won’t be present to grace the occasion.