Singer Adnan Sami has been granted stay in India for an indefinite period following his appeal to the Home Ministry to exempt him from deportation to Pakistan on humanitarian grounds. The singer’s Pakistani passport, issued on May 27, 2010 expired on May 26, 2015 as a result of which he was forced to appeal to the Home Ministry to legalise his stay in India.
Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, on Wednesday, conveyed to the Lok Sabha, that Sami, a Pakistani national, will be exempted from deportation proceedings under Article 3 of the Foreigners Act.
The Home Ministry order on the issue stated, “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”.
Lahore-born Sami had first arrived in India on March 13, 2001 on a visitor’s visa issued for one year by the Indian High Commission in Islamabad. Subsequently, his visa was extended from time to time.
The singer, who featured in the Qawalli rendition of Salman Khan’s ‘Bajrangi Bhaijan’ sought the Home Ministry’s assistance following Pakistan’s refusal to renew his passport.