Noted Pakistani singer Adnan Sami was granted the Indian citizenship on 1st January, 2016 following his request to the Indian government to legalize his status in the country on the humanitarian grounds.
Born in Britain and hitherto a Canadian citizen, the singer has been living in India on a visa since March 2001. He arrived India on a visitor's visa with the validity of one year which was issued by the Indian High Commission in Islamabad, which was extended several times before. His Pakistani passport expired in May, last year and was not renewed by Islamabad which led him to seek the Indian citizenship.
Mr Sami was provided citizenship under Section 6 (I) of the Indian Citizenship Act, 1955 under the category “citizenship by naturalisation”. The Indian Home Ministry officials said Mr. Sami was granted Indian citizenship following his request to the Centre to legalize his status in the country on the humanitarian grounds.
The singer breaks into his famous – ‘Lift Kara De' - after he received a citizenship certificate from the Indian Minister of State for Home (MoS) Mr. Kiren Rijiju in Delhi.
Mr Sami says that he feels that the country welcomes artistes from all over the world and keeps its doors open for every kind of skill. “Look at the number of nationalities and cultures that co-exist in Bollywood. The Indian government is passionate about supporting artistes from anywhere, and to allow them to pursue their dreams”, says Adnan.
Adnan Sami also took to Twitter to express his gratitude for the citizenship and wrote, "Thankful to government of India for this precious and beautiful gift. There can't be a more beautiful day than the 1st of January”. The singer also later tweeted 'Jai Hind' along with the Indian tricolor.
Recently, the singer had a major hit with his song 'Bhar Do Jholi Meri' in Salman Khan's 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan'.