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Pakistan on Tuesday denied a visa to actor Anupam Kher, who had been invited by the organisers of a literary festival in Karachi as one of their guests.
According to Kher he was denied the visa because he's a Kashmiri Pandit. Kher was scheduled to attend a session at the Karachi literary festival on February 5.
He's not the only one to be denied a Pakistan visa. Here's a list of 5 actors who have been denied visa at some point.
Anupam Kher - Pakistan High Commissioner called actor Anupam Kher and expressed regret over the visa row. He also invited Kher and asked him to apply for visa as soon as possible. However, the actor denied saying he has already committed his dates elsewhere.
Basit today tweeted, "@AnupamPkher you are always welcome Sir. You are a great artiste; we respect and admire you."
Replying to Basit, Kher said, "Thank you Mr. @abasitpak1 for your call & offering me to visit Karachi. I appreciate it. Unfortunately I’ve given away those dates now."
Javed Akhtar –
The scriptwriter was reportedly denied a visa way back in 2006. The Pakistan
Government denied visa to Javed Akhtar who had to attend the premiere of K
Asif's 'Mughal-e-Azam' in Karachi.
Consequentially, all the other 20 delegates cancelled their visit in support of the lyricist.
Feroz Khan - Bollywood actor late Feroz Khan was banned for lifetime in Pakistan in 2006. Mr Khan had said Muslims were better off in India than in Pakistan at a show business function in Lahore to promote Taj Mahal, the film.
Dean Jones - Airport authorities in Islamabad claimed to have deported former Australia batsman Dean Jones Last year in December 2015 because of an expired visa.
Leila Khalid: Pakistan denied visa to a top Palestinian leader Leila Khalid and 15 other scholars including a top Indian historian in 2008 for the World Social Forum in Karachi.
The scholars belonged to different countries including Lebanon, India, Syria, Iraq, Iran and the United States.
Zafar Farazi - Cyclist
Zafar Farazi was denied a Pakistan visa last year. Farazi had planned his
fourth and final international tour and wanted to join Hajj, the biggest Muslim
pilgrimage at Mecca.
While India and Afghanistan granted him the visa, Pakistan refused.
Modi’s yoga trainers - It all started with the government’s missive to all Indian embassies and high commissions overseas with regard to celebrating the International Yoga Day on June 21.
Modi-government's dreams to celebrate World Yoga Day in
Pakistan received a setback when 30 yoga trainers from India were denied visas last
year by the Pakistan government.
Pakistan turned a cold shoulder and refused visas to the Indian yoga instructors.