Pakistani singer Adnan Sami gets Indian citizenship

Paskitani singer Adnan Sami has been granted Indian citizenship with effect from January 1, 2016.

By: IANS | New Delhi | Updated: December 31, 2015 6:58 pm
Adnan Sami, Adnan Sami Indian citizenship, Adnan Sami India, Pakistani singer Adnan Sami Paskitani singer Adnan Sami has been granted Indian citizenship with effect from January 1, 2016, following his appeal to legalise his stay in India on humanitarian grounds.

In the New Year, noted singer Adnan Sami will become an Indian citizen. He says it’s a “New Year gift”.

Home ministry officials on Thursday said Sami will be granted citizenship on Friday. The Indian citizenship was granted after he made a representation to the home ministry on May 26 requesting for it on humanitarian grounds.

“This is the New Year gift for me. I am thankful to the Indian government. I am very happy today,” Sami, who is of Pakistani origin, told reporters here.

Born in Britain and hitherto a Canadian citizen, Sami has been living in India on visa since March 2001. He was last given a visa extension in October this year.

The singer, who became a sensation in the country with hit songs like “Kabhi to nazar milao” and “Lift karaa de”, spoke to the media before leaving for Mumbai airport to catch a flight to the capital on Thursday.

Sami, who is known for playing a variety of musical instruments and is a known name for his distinct voice, has always maintained that the love he has received from Indian citizens is “everything” for him.

“When my first album came out, it wasn’t Bollywood. The love that I received from people was everything and it still is everything for me. After 16 years, it is not just the land where I work, but also my home and my love,” Sami, who has sung in Bollywood movies and even for albums, had said at a conclave here earlier this year.

His last Bollywood track was “Bhar do jholi”, which featured in Salman Khan’s blockbuster “Bajrangi Bhaijaan”.

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First Published on: December 31, 2015 2:53 pm
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    Daniel Alvin
    Jan 1, 2016 at 9:10 am
    Another Nasal singer is added. Great for a particular Nasal singer who is also a music director
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      Uma Maheswar
      Jan 1, 2016 at 9:02 am
      Dear Mr. Adnan m Alaikum Your love to India and its Music lovers gave you the right fruit in return. India and many Indians love you too. Be loyal and faithful to India and it's people. Spread Love, brotherhood and peace through your mellifluous vice and melodious music. Keep a nickname as 'Anand Swami :-) Happy New Year and good luck. Blessings. Eswar
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        Me Marathi
        Jan 1, 2016 at 11:38 am
        Adnan has peed on the p!!g face of terrorist like srk , aamir and their rabid jihadi supporters.
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          Me Marathi
          Jan 1, 2016 at 11:39 am
          Adnan should now only recite " Vande Mataram "
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            NK
            Jan 19, 2016 at 3:48 pm
            stani Islamic origin language Hindi needs to stop in India. Modi is a MUslim.
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              Patriot
              Jan 1, 2016 at 3:03 am
              Congratulation for opting H E L L.
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                Patriot
                Jan 1, 2016 at 3:08 am
                Shiv sena in fact not supporting of cultural program from stan nut they support for Citizens ship.
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                  only human
                  Jan 1, 2016 at 6:45 am
                  shiv sena will bang their heads
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                    Indian
                    Jan 1, 2016 at 4:30 am
                    Don't give Indian citizenship to Pa-kis - ELSE all will come back to India due to the S@IT situation in Pak.
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