Pakistani writer Kanza Javed was to launch her debut novel at the ongoing Kumaon literary festival in India but was rejected a visa to enter the country at the last moment.
I had submitted all documents three weeks ago. I only heard from the Indian High Commission last afternoon about my visa being denied. I wasn’t given a reason, and I did not ask them either. It was very insulting for me. I have always received support from across the border. I am stunned,” Kanza expressed her grief over phone from Lahore to Time of India.
Meanwhile, the event organizer Sumant Batra was hopeful that it be just a ‘delay’. Sumant said that officials at the Indian High Commission in Pakistan had made sure support in this regard.
“There is a chance it is just a delay, so we can put off her session for another day if the visa comes through,” he said adding that in case the writer is not able to travel to India before the event ended, a session on Skype might be arranged with her.
On the other side, two other Pakistani guests, journalist Asif Noorani and publisher Ameena Saiyid, were warmly welcomed by Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat at the festival.
A sort of resistance has been faced by Pakistani artists engaged in working with India since Hindu extremist group Shiv Sena launched protests against Pakistan.