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Anupam Kher will get Pakistan visa in 10 minutes if he submits all papers: sources

Anupam Kher will get Pakistan visa in 10 minutes if he submits all papers: sources

KLF spokesperson Ameena Saiyid said that unnamed officials at Pakistan High Commission asked her to tell Kher not to submit a visa application as he would not be issued one.

After the uproar over the denial of visa to actor Anupam Kher to attend the Karachi Literature Festival (KLF), Pakistan High Commission sources said that they will issue the same to the actor within 10 minutes if he submits all his papers.

The sources also said that they have not received the application so far.

Pakistan envoy to India Abdul Basit said, "I do not want to challenge what Anupam Kher said. No visa application was submitted to us. Visa application is processed when application is received. We wish his office had submitted application as other participants had done."

Earlier, organisers of the KLF on Tuesday said Pakistani officials asked them not to apply for Kher's visa, effectively seconding the actor's claim that he was singled out. KLF spokesperson Ameena Saiyid told CNN-IBN that unnamed officials at Pakistan's High Commission asked her to tell Kher not to submit a visa application as he would not be issued one.

Saiyid however said she did not know the reason why Kher was denied a visa, volunteering to guess it could be because of "some statements he made recently".

Kher, who was also participating in the TV show, immediately thanked Saiyid for her "brave" revelation.

The KLF organiser's admission comes on a day the Kher alleged that Pakistani authorities discriminated against him because he was Kashmiri Pandit who openly aired his views.

Kher was one of the 18 Indians invited to the four-day prestigious event by the organisers, but he is the only one who has been denied a visa.

The other 17 Indian participants who have been given the travel document included senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid and actor Nandita Das.

"I am hurt, I am not angry. I just want to know why I was denied the visa," the actor who was recently awarded the Padma Bhushan said.

When asked whether it had anything to do with his support to BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the intolerance debate, Kher said his political views could be one reason. "The things that came to my mind for the visa rejection was either because I am a Kashmiri Pandit or because I am openly talking on intolerance," he said

Kher also thanked KLF organisers for the invite saying he will visit next year if he is extended an invite.

The actor was denied a visa last year in May to visit Lahore on an invitation of a Pakistani NGO and security reasons were cited for the decision.