Thaw hasn’t helped Pak delegation at Goa art fest

Panaji, Dec 10 (IANS) The resumption of dialogue between New Delhi and Islamabad has not helped the visa issues faced by a delegation of Pakistanis waiting to enter the country to participate in the Goa Arts and Literary Festival (GALF) that began on Thursday.

“There is a delegation of Pakistani authors who are supposed to come, but their visas are still up in the air,” Vivek Menezes, author and co-organiser of the GALF, told reporters here on Wednesday.

“However, Goan-origin Pakistani journalist-author Cyril Almeida will be present for the event…” he added.

Pakistanis’ visa problems coincide, ironically, with the publication of a joint India-Pakistan statement that talks of “people to people exchanges”.

Menezes said that authors and artists from 12 countries were expected to participate in the sixth edition of GALF.

The four-day arts and literary fest is to be attended by author Ramchandra Guha; former Indian Navy chief, Admiral Arun Prakash, Dayanita Singh, Gita Hariharan, Harsh Mander and Jerry Pinto.

Leave a Reply

Please enter your comment!

The opinions, views, and thoughts expressed by the readers and those providing comments are theirs alone and do not reflect the opinions of or any employee thereof. is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the readers. Responsibility for the content of comments belongs to the commenter alone.  

We request the readers to refrain from posting defamatory, inflammatory comments and not indulge in personal attacks. However, it is obligatory on the part of to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments to the concerned authorities upon their request.

Hence we request all our readers to help us to delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by informing us at Lets work together to keep the comments clean and worthful, thereby make a difference in the community.

Please enter your name here