A day after Anupam Kher questioned if his visa had been denied because Pakistan was afraid he would expose the country’s terror nexus, the actor said that the Pakistan High Commission had called him on Wednesday to offer him a visa to attend the Karachi Literature Festival.Kher was one of the 18 Indians invited to the four-day festival by the organisers, but said he was the only one whose visa had not been cleared. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, Kher said, “Thank you Mr. Abdul Basit for your call and offering me a visa to visit Karachi. I appreciate it. Unfortunately, I have given away those dates now.”Earlier in the day, taking a jibe at Kher, Congress leader Manish Tewari said that if the poster boy of tolerant India is keen to go to Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi must talk to ‘his drop by friend’ Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and facilitate a visa.”If the #posterboyof “tolerant” India is so keen to go to Pak, his friend PM Modi can surely talk to his drop by friend Nawaz & facilitate it” Tewari tweeted.Kher had on Tuesday said that he was very saddened on being denied a visa as he was looking forward to participate in the literature festival and use the platform to dispel misunderstandings about India in the minds of people there.BJP had termed as ‘unfortunate’, the denial of visa to the actor saying it will be a ‘setback’ to the process of people-to-people contact to help improve ties between the two countries.BJP also questioned the silence of so-called ‘pseudo seculars’ who are vocal on issues pertaining to the performance of Pakistani artistes in India and attack BJP and the government, saying it is ‘shameful’.Kher was denied a Pakistani visa in May 2015 as well, when he wanted to visit Pakistan for an event organised by an NGO.
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