| 29 Nov 2021
Home Ministry extends Adnan SamiÆs stay in India indefinitely

MUMBAI: Adnan Sami has all the reasons to celebrate today as he has been allowed to stay in India for an indefinite period on Humanitarian grounds. The singer’s Pakistani passport, issued on May 27, 2010, expired earlier this year on May 26, 2015, but it was not renewed by the Pakistan government. Thus, Sami approached the Indian Government with the request to legalise his stay in India on humanitarian grounds. And fortunately for him, the Indian government accepted the request.

However, this decision was only taken after a careful consideration of the representation submitted by Sami, a Pakistani national, by the Home Ministry.

As per the reports, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju today conveyed to the Lok Sabha that Sami has been exempted from deportation proceedings under Section 3 of the Foreigners Act.

“Now, therefore, in pursuance of the powers conferred under section 3A of Foreigners Act, 1946 (31 of 1946), the central government being of the opinion that it is necessary and expedient in public interest to do so, hereby declared that provisions of clauses (c) and (e) of sub-section (2) of section 3 of the Foreigners Act 1946 and paragraph 11 of the Foreigners Order, 1948 shall not apply to the said Mr Adnan Sami Khan, son of late Arshad Sami Khan and he is exempted from deportation proceedings. This order shall remain valid until further orders are issued on the subject,” the Home Ministry order said.

The Lahore-born ‘Sun Zara’ artist 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 until now.

Sami, who achieved mainstream popularity in India with the track ‘Lift Karadey’ in 2000, recently sang ‘Bhar Do Jholi Meri’ from the Salman Khan starrer ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’. The latest development is sure to give the Indian music industry many more hit tracks.