Pakistani singer Adnan Sami has become a permanent Indian citizen. Adnan, who had an indefinite visa to stay in India, has recently been given Indian citizenship, the Ministry of Home Affairs told NDTV on Thursday.
Mumbai-based Adnan's Pakistani passport had reportedly expired on 26 May, 2015, following which the Pakistan government had apparently refused to renew it. The 42-year-old singer then requested the Indian government to allow him to stay in India on humanitarian grounds.
While the Home Ministry first granted him an indefinite visa, Adnan has now been given permanent Indian citizenship. Born in Lahore, Adnan rose to fame with songs like "Kabhi To Nazar Milao", "Aye Udi Udi Udi". His most recent offering was "Bhar Do Jholi Meri" from "Bajrangi Bhaijaan".
The singer had come to India in 2001 with a visa of one-year validity, issued by the Indian High Commission in Islamabad.