India denies request of Pakistani diplomats to attend Jaipur Lit Festival

Manzoor Memon and Naeem Anwar had sought permission to go to Jaipur to attend a literature festival 10 days back.


Web Desk January 25, 2013
10 days back, Manzoor Memon and Naeem Anwar, sought permission to go to Jaipur to attend a literature festival. PHOTO: PUBLICITY

Amid tensions between India and Pakistan spurred by recent Line of Control clashes, two Pakistani diplomats were denied permission to enter Jaipur, Express News reported Friday.

Pakistani sportsmen and artists had earlier been sent back home by Indian authorities.

The diplomats, Manzoor Memon and Naeem Anwar, had sought permission to go to Jaipur to attend a literature festival 10 days back.

The diplomats had stated that they will stay in the Indian city from January 24 till January 28.

The Indian authorities did not mention any reasons for the refusal.

Pakistani author Mohammad Hanif was also absent from the festival, but the organisers did not give a reason as to why he was not there.

Managing director for the Oxford University Press Pakistan, Ameena Saiyid, writers Musharraf Ali Farooqi and Nadeem Aslam were present at the festival.

Earlier, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had warned that Pakistani writers should not visit Jaipur Literature Festival, where the works of seven Pakistani authors including Jamil Ahmad and Mohammed Hanif were shortlisted for the 2013 Prize for South Asian Literature.

COMMENTS (80)

LuvPak | 8 years ago | Reply

@observer: Yes, It applies to all. That's why I write all the time to protect the minorities__ Hindu, Sikhh, Esai, Ahmadi etc. I am all for peace & harmony and acceptance of all cultures, races, color, creed, origins and religions. It's a small world getting smaller fast. There is more enjoyment in a healthy multicultural environment. Long live peace & love!

observer | 8 years ago | Reply

@Say What?:

First you can’t choose your neighbors then real Hell is_ you still have to learn to live happily

Does this apply to Ahmadi and Shia neighbours too?

Just wondering.

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