Indian actor Anupam Kher stokes visa row over his purported visit to Pakistan to attend Karachi Lit Fest

The actor claimed that he was denied a Pakistani visa, the Pakistani high commission said that he never applied, and social media cracks up:

Anupam-KherAnupam Kher, social media and controversy are inseparable these days. All three elements were at play again on Tuesday when the actor was miffed after he claimed that the Pakistani authorities had denied him a visa to attend the Karachi Literary Festival starting February 5.

Kher, who was awarded the Padma Bhushan last week, alleged that he was the only one of the 18 Indian delegates invited to the event whose passport hadn’t been stamped. Among the Indians who will attend are Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, Rahul Singh, Om Arora, Urvashi Butalia and Ashok Chopra and Nandita Das.

Inevitably, it all began on social media, when Kher posted a tweet on Tuesday morning announcing that his visa had been denied.

The matter took a twist when the Pakistani High Commission in Delhi denied having rejected Kher’s visa: they said that he had not made an application in the first place. This prompted the actor to continue his Twitter commentary on the issue.

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