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Indian government grants singer Adnan Sami permission to stay

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NEW DELHI: Pakistani born musician cum singer Adnan Sami has been permitted to stay in India for an indefinite period following his request to administrations in New Delhi to legalise his stay on humanitarian grounds.

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Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State for Home, on Tuesday said in the lower house of parliament that artist has been excepted from banishment proceedings under Section 3 of the Foreigners Act.

Earlier, the singer had appealed to the home ministry on May 26, 2015 appealing an exemption from expelling from India on humanitarian grounds.

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Sami, who is a Pakistani national, had submitted the appeal that has been looked carefully by the home ministry. Sami is a controversial person living in India and has been embroiled in a flow of marital conflicts.

The famous musician and singer had arrived in India back in 2001 on a visitor’s visa having one year validity that was issued by the Indian High Commission in Islamabad.

Meanwhile, in his extended stay in India, Adnan Sami received number of visa extensions but ran into a roadblock when Pakistan turned down to renew his passport making Adnan to approach the government in New Delhi with the appeal to legalise his stay in the country.

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