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Adnan Sami

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Indian citizenship

The Times of India, Oct 24 2015

Bharti Jain

Adnan Sami set to be Indian citizen

Singer Adnan Sami, who was allowed in August 2015 to stay indefinitely in India following non-renewal of his Pakistani passport, is likely to be granted Indian citizenship. Sami's request for Indian citizenship on the grounds that he has renounced his Pakistani citizenship, making India, where he has been staying for a decade-and-a-half, his “home“, has been endorsed by the attorney general of India. The Union home ministry is mulling granting him “citizenship by naturalisation“, in view of his “distinguished service to the cause of art“. According to sources in the Union home ministry, though the ministry had earlier granted Adnan 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“. “The AG has tendered a favourable opinion on his request. Sami is eligible to be granted citizenship by naturalization under Section 6 of The Citizenship Act, 1955,“ an official said, adding a call would soon be taken on the issue.

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