"Why has Pakistan singled out and discriminated against the noted Bollywood artiste. The Pakistan government should clarify as well as rectify its mistake," BJP secretary Shrikant Sharma said.

The Indian government has been liberal in granting visas to Pakistani artistes visiting and performing in India, he said. Exchange of artistes helps promote peace and improves ties among people, he said. BJP also questioned the silence of 'intellectuals' active in the intolerance debate "after being so vocal in the past".

"It is surprising that so-called pseudo-secular brigade which was so vocal at the instance of Congress and its partners in the past, have suddenly turned silent now," Sharma cited.

Earlier in the day, Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit had called up Kher and offered him a visa to travel to that country if he has applied for the same but the Bollywood actor declined the offer, saying he has already taken up other assignments on the scheduled dates.

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