A day after Anupam Kher claimed he was denied a visa to visit Pakistan for the Karachi Literature Festival, he said on Thursday that he has now been offered a visa to the country. However, the veteran actor has “given away those dates”.
The actor thanked Abdul Basit, Pakistan High Commisioner in New Delhi on Twitter for offering him the visa.
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
In a series of tweets and media statements Kher alleged that Pakistan had blocked his travel to the country for the Karachi Literature Festival. The actor was among 18 Indians invited to the festival scheduled to be held on February 5 to 7.
The epilogue to the row came in the form of a tweet this morning, though it may not be the last word. Kher took to Twitter this morning to inform the Pakistan’s high commissioner Abdul Basit about his unavailability.
According to a report in Hindustan Times, on Tuesday night Pakistan high commission officials had told that if the actor apply for a visa on Wednesday, he would get the travel document within hours.
Early on Tuesday, the high commissioner refuted the actor’s allegations as well. And on Tuesday night Basit tweeted, “Sorry Sir I don’t know who told you about this so-called NoC, we are still to receive your visa application and passport.”
@AnupamPkher sorry Sir I don’t know who told you about this so-called NoC, we are still to receive your visa application and passport
— Abdul Basit (@abasitpak1) February 2, 2016
This was in response to an earlier tweet by actor, “Reality remains that Pak Interior Ministry refused to grant NOC for my visa. 17 others invited also didn’t apply for visa.”
Dear @abasitpak1, Reality remains that Pak Interior Ministry refused to grant NOC for my visa. 17 others invited also didn’t apply for visa.
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) February 2, 2016
While addressing a press conference on Tuesday, Kher also submitted a 100-page proof stating that he was ready with all necessary documents for Pakistani visa. He further accused commission of lying on the claims.