Pakistan singer Adnan Sami gets Indian citizenship with effect from January 1

Pakistani singer Adnan Sami has been granted Indian citizenship with effect from January 1 following his request to the Centre to legalize his status in the country on humanitarian grounds.

Sami, who has been living in India since 2001, will be given Indian citizenship under Section 6 of the Indian Citizenship Act, 1955.

The 43-year-old singer — whose earlier request for Indian citizenship was rejected some two years back — made his application to the Foreigners’ Division of the Indian home ministry in March last year.

Adnan Sami

Lahore-born Sami had first arrived in India on March 13, 2001 on a visitor’s visa with the validity of one year which was issued by the Indian high commission in Islamabad.

His visa was extended from time to time. His Pakistani passport issued on May 27, 2010 expired on May 26, 2015 and his passport was not renewed by the Pakistan government which led him to approach the Indian government with the request to legalise his stay in India on humanitarian grounds.