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Shobhaa De cancels visit to Karachi Literature Festival

ANI  Islamabad, February 16, 2013
First Published: 16:00 IST(16/2/2013) | Last Updated: 16:01 IST(16/2/2013)

Mumbai-born writer Shobhaa De has also canceled her visit to the Karachi Literature Festival (KLF).

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The move comes a day after Indian poet Gulzar and film director Vishal Bhardwaj returned to India from Pakistan apparently over security fears.

According to the Express Tribune, the KLF organisers tweeted from their account that Shobhaa De cancelled because she said her visa was issued too late.

"She'd like to attend #KLF next year and we hope very much that she does," they added.

The Mumbai-born writer tweeted from her own account late on Wednesday that the delay in her visa was the main cause for her decision.

Though, she gave into some conspiracy talk speculating whether the visa was deliberately delayed, the report said.


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