Singer Adnan Sami gets citizenship, says no intolerance in India

Adnan Sami on Friday (December 1) received his certificate of Indian citizenship from Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju in Mumbai.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:January 2, 2016 2:47 am
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A day after his request for Indian citizenship was approved by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, singer Adnan Sami, who is of Pakistani origin, was presented his certificate of naturalization at the North Block on Friday morning in the presence of his wife Roya Faryabi.

According to a press release issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, the certificate was granted under the Citizenship Act, 1955 after Sami satisfied the government that the conditions for grant of naturalisation were fulfilled in his case.

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“In pursuance of the powers conferred by the Citizenship Act, upon taking the oath of allegiance within the time and in the manner required by the rules made in that behalf, he shall subject to the provisions of the said Act, be entitled to all political and other rights, powers and privileges and be subject to all obligations duties and liabilities to which an Indian citizen is entitled or subject, and have to all intents and purposes the status of an Indian citizen,” the release said.

After receiving the certificate, a beaming Sami even sang his hit song “Teri oonchi shaan hai maula… Mujhko bhi to lift kara de.”

Asked about concerns raised by actors Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan of growing intolerance in India, Sami said everyone was entitled to their opinion based on personal experience. “Had there been intolerance, I would not have taken Indian citizenship. I have never experienced intolerance. There is no intolerance in India,” he said.

“A New Beginning… A New Feeling… A New Belonging… A New Love Affair… A New Country… JAI HIND!!!,” he tweeted. In other tweets, he expressed gratitude to Rajnath Singh and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for approving his citizenship.

He also tweeted a photograph of himself while receiveing the certificate from Rijiju. “Receiving my Indian Citizenship Certificate of Naturalisation from MOS Home Affairs @KirenRijiju ji. Huge Thanks,” he captioned the image.

“My profound thanks to honourable Prime Minister @narendramodi ji for approving my Indian citizenship. A new birth. I’m highly indebted to the Honourable Home Minister @BJPRajnathSingh ji for his tremendous support in granting me Indian citizenship,” added Sami, who looked dapper in a black bandhgala, and was accompanied by his wife Roya Faryabi.

Asked how he felt on becoming an Indian citizen, Sami said the taste of biryani is the same in both countries. “And I have had enough biryani in both Pakistan and India,” he said.

Sami was on a three-month visa extension granted to him on October 6. Born in Lahore, Sami came to India on March 13, 2001 on a visitor’s visa valid for a year, issued by the Indian High Commission in Islamabad. The visa was extended several times thereafter. When his Pakistani passport expired on May 26, he approached the Indian government seeking legalisation of his stay in India on humanitarian grounds.