Pakistani writer cleared for India visit after visa glitch

New Delhi: Best-selling Pakistani writer Mohammed Hanif, whose visa file was reportedly misplaced by the home ministry, has been given the go-ahead to attend a literature festival in India, the event organisers said Wednesday.

He is scheduled to take part in the Kovalam Lit Fest Oct 1-2 in Thiruvananthapuram.

Hanif was granted visa after a spell of confusion Wednesday afternoon, director of the festival Binoo John told reporters.

"But logistical problems are still there. Hanif`s passport is in Islamabad and he is in Karachi. I am trying to work out the shortest possible way to fly him to Kerala before the festival," John said.

Writers from Pakistan who take part in Indian literature festivals are often denied visas or are granted one at the last moment, making their journeys logistical nightmares.

Hanif is expected to read from his new book ‘Our Lady of Alice Bhatti’ and discuss it with the audience at the festival.

Earlier Tuesday, Hanif had tweeted his displeasure with the loss of his visa file.

"After waiting for my Indian visa for four weeks, have been told my file is lost somewhere in home ministry. And this for a lit fest which is sponsored by Indian foreign min. So they invite you, then go ummm may be not (sic)," Hanif tweeted.

IANS

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