New Delhi: After Padma Bhushan awardee Anupam Kher accused Islamabad of not issuing him visa to attend Karachi Literature Festival, Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit, Tuesday, said they are yet to receive visa application and passport of the Bollywood actor.
While rejecting Kher's claims, Pakistani High Commission too said that they never received a visa application from the Indian actor.
While making his stand public, the maverick actor took to his Twitter account saying, “Reality remains that Pak Interior Ministry refused to grant NOC for my visa. 17 others invited also didn't apply for visa.”
Reacting to the actor's charge, Basit tweeted: “@AnupamPkher sorry Sir I don't know who told you about this so-called NoC, we are still to receive your visa application and passport.”
@AnupamPkher sorry Sir I don't know who told you about this so-called NoC, we are still to receive your visa application and passport
— Abdul Basit (@abasitpak1) February 2, 2016
Official Twitter account of High Commission for Pakistan also said that the Anupam Kher didn't applied for visa.
It may be clarified that PHC never received Mr Kher's visa application. So the question of issuing or denying him visa does not arise.
— PakNewDelhi (@Paknewdelhi) February 2, 2016
While addressing a press conference on Tuesday, Anupam Kher submitted a 100-page proof stating that he was ready with all necessary documents regarding a visa to Pakistan - to attend the Karachi Literature Festival on February 5.
He also accused the Pakistan High Commission of lying on the claims that he never applied for visa.
"Technically, they have to say something, if I haven't applied for it then on what basis Karachi Lit Festival had put my name, I didn't tell them to put my name. The Pakistan High Commission is lying, rest of the 17 people got visa only I was denied," he added.