NEW DELHI: Bollywood singer Adnan Sami, who was allowed in August to stay in India following non-renewal of his Pakistani Passport, is likely to be granted Indian Citizenship. Sami had approached home minister Rajnath Singh seeking relief from deportation after Pakistani authorities refused to renew his passport in May.
According to sources in the Union home ministry, though the ministry had earlier granted Sami’s appeal seeking exemption from deportation on humanitarian grounds after his Pakistani passport expired in May due to its non-renewal, the singer was keen on Indian citizenship as a “permanent relief”.
Incidentally, the citizenship for Sami, if approved, will come in the backdrop of Shiv Sena’s strong opposition to performances by Pakistani artists. Only recently, Pakistani ghazal maestro Ghulam Ali’s concert in Mumbai had to be cancelled in the wake of protests by Shiv Sena.
Lahore-born Sami first arrived in India on March 13, 2001 on a one-year visitor’s visa issued by the Indian high commission in Islamabad. His visa was extended from time to time.