NEW DELHI: Pakistani singer Adnan Sami who had earlier been given an indefinite visa to stay in India has been granted Indian citizenship, the Ministry of Home Affairs said on Thursday.
Officials in the Union Home Ministry said Mr Sami will be an Indian citizen with effect from tomorrow.
The 43-year-old singer, whose last request for citizenship was rejected around two years ago, had sent his application to the Foreigners’ Division of the Home Ministry earlier this year.
Lahore-born Adnan Sami 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 but his Pakistani passport issued on May 27, 2010 expired on May 26, 2015 and was not renewed by the Pakistan government.
Mr Sami then approached the Indian government with the request to legalise his stay in India on humanitarian grounds.
After consideration, the Home Ministry earlier this year had allowed him to stay in India for an indefinite period.
Mr Sami shot to fame in India after two of his songs ‘Kabhi To Nazar Milao’ and ‘Lift Karaa De’ topped charts in the early 2000s.
This year the singer tasted success after his song ‘Bhar Do Jholi meri’ in Salman Khan-starrer Bajrangi Bhaijaan was a smash hit.