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Adnan Sami will be an Indian citizen from January 1

Pakistani singer Adnan Sami has been granted Indian citizenship by the Ministry of Home Affairs. The 42-year-old will be an Indian citizen from January 1, reported ANI. Sami has been staying in India since 2001.

In May this year, the MHA had granted Sami the right to stay in India indefinitely on humanitarian grounds after his Pakistani passport expired.

According to earlier reports, the Home Ministry is now mulling over granting him "citizenship by naturalisation" in view of his "distinguished service to the cause of art". "The AG has tendered a favourable opinion on his citizenship request. Sami was eligible to be granted citizenship by naturalisation under Section 6 of The Citizenship Act, 1955," senior ministry official told the daily.

Section 6 of the Citizenship Act allows an applicant to be granted a certificate of naturalisation if the central government is satisfied that he/she is qualified for the same under the provisions of the Third Schedule. However, the conditions specified in the Third Schedule may be waived if the central government is of the opinion that the applicant has rendered distinguished service to the cause of science, philosophy, art, literature, world peace or human progress generally.