‘Peo­ple in Pak­istan are burn­ing my ef­fi­gies’

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Tor­sha Sen tor­sha. sen@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

Pak­istani singer Ad­nan Sami, whose ap­peal to le­galise his stay in In­dia got ac­cepted re­cently, is thrilled. He can now stay in the coun­try for an in­def­i­nite pe­riod. “I’m very thank­ful to the In­dian gov­ern­ment for con­sid­er­ing my plea. But I’m wait­ing for the day the gov­ern­ment grants me cit­i­zen­ship of this coun­try. Right now I’m from no man’s land be­cause my Pak­istani cit­i­zen­ship has been re­nounced now,” says Sami, who is un­per­turbed by neg­a­tive re­ac­tions from his na­tive coun­try.

“I have heard that peo­ple in Pak­istan are not very happy with this news and are burn­ing my ef­fi­gies. But I’m happy that I have fi­nally found my home.”

Sami’s visa was ex­tended from time to time. His Pak­istani pass­port is­sued on May 27, 2010, ex­pired on May 26 this year, and his pass­port was not re­newed by the Pak­istan gov­ern­ment. So, the 46-year-old re­quested the In­dian gov­ern­ment to le­galise his stay in the coun­try on hu­man­i­tar­ian grounds.

“The love, adu­la­tion and warmth that I got from In­dia is the rea­son why I chose this coun­try. Peo­ple all over the world know me as an In­dian artist. I could have cho­sen any other coun­try and wouldn’t have had to go through prob­lems claim­ing my cit­i­zen­ship. But it is In­dia where my heart is and has al­ways been,” he says.

I’m very thank­ful to the In­dian gov­ern­ment for ac­cept­ing my plea (to le­galise my stay in In­dia). It val­ues and en­cour­ages artists I’ve heard that peo­ple in Pak­istan are not very happy with this news ... but I’m happy that I have fi­nally found home

Ad­nan Sami, Pak­istani singer

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