Overstay: India grants Adnan Sami Khan three-month extension on visa

Published: October 17, 2013
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Sami was issued a notice by the Mumbai police on Tuesday for overstaying in India after his visa expired earlier this month. PHOTO: FILE

Sami was issued a notice by the Mumbai police on Tuesday for overstaying in India after his visa expired earlier this month. PHOTO: FILE

MUMBAI: Singer Adnan Sami Khan, whose Indian visa had expired earlier this month, has been granted a three-month extension by the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Thursday, NDTV reported.

“Adnan was granted three months extension by the MHA from October 6, the date when his visa has expired,” said Deputy Police Commissioner (Special Branch) Sanjay Shintre.

Sami was issued a notice by the Mumbai police on Tuesday for overstaying in India after his visa expired.

The 44-year-old, who has made India his second home for the last several years, had been asked to reply to the notice and explain reasons for overstaying and making efforts to get his visa renewed.

In a statement released to media, the singer had explained:

“As per standard rules, I had made an application for extension of my visa to the concerned department of the ministry of home affairs in New Delhi on September 14 as they are the only authority to issue all visa extensions. This is a standard procedure that is followed by all foreigners and I have been following it for the past 14 years. Hence this year is no different.

“Until the visa extension is granted by the MHA in New Delhi, I have to be in India as I cannot leave. The length of the process of granting visa extensions is at the direction of the MHA issuing department,” he said.

Sami, a London-born singer and composer of Pakistani origin, has regularly composed and sang for Bollywood films.

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  • M. Emad
    Oct 17, 2013 - 9:33PM

    India gave ‘life time’ extension visa to the daughter of M. A. Jinnah — who divided India through violence.

    India gave ‘3-month’ extension visa to the son of PAF Sq.Ldr Arshad Sami — who bombed India.

    Indian ‘extension visa’ policy to Pakistani citizen seems very liberal. However, foreign tourist may consider visiting India …

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  • Mr. Singh
    Oct 17, 2013 - 10:07PM

    Is it still a eye opener for some people!!
    Now MNS cannot dare say him to leave India till the expiry of his visa. That is the power of a system which comes through democracy which is lacking there in Pak.

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  • Vishnu Dutta
    Oct 17, 2013 - 10:25PM

    India Bad bad because it wont let a muslim singer over stay his visa illegally.
    but good good pakistan though it will stop minority from sacrificing animals for religious purpose.

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  • priyank
    Oct 17, 2013 - 10:30PM

    For all my childhood, i thought he is an Indian. This guy has been living here for 15 years ! Grant him citizenship.

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  • 1984
    Oct 17, 2013 - 11:24PM

    Had this been USA or even the “ummah” countries like Saudi Arabia,Kuwait etc, Mr Sami would be languishing in jail for illegal stay……

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  • Hafiz
    Oct 17, 2013 - 11:27PM

    why again 3 month for pakistanis?? put him jail or shoot him.

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  • IndMus
    Oct 17, 2013 - 11:35PM

    he must not get even 3 days why 3 month???? bhaag pakistani bhaag.

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  • Saleem
    Oct 18, 2013 - 12:03AM

    On which passport he is in India?

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  • longislander
    Oct 18, 2013 - 12:07AM

    After reading the comments here, I am convinced that this news page is mostly viewed by indians with Pakistani names. ET please publish my comment.

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  • Oct 18, 2013 - 12:13AM

    Pakistan and India need to treat each others citizens with respect like this and encourage visits to each others nations.

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  • A.M.Khan
    Oct 18, 2013 - 12:16AM

    @Hafiz:
    I don’t understand how such voilent comments get passed the ET filter!

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  • aqib
    Oct 18, 2013 - 12:47AM

    A Western tourist once mentioned that India is abbreviation for “I’ll Never Do it Again”.

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  • Pasanni
    Oct 18, 2013 - 5:14AM

    and one thing more,, he is not a Khan..

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  • Sameer
    Oct 18, 2013 - 5:27AM

    @Hafiz

    All Pakistanis and Bangladeshis should have visa free travel to India. Best way for everyone to realize that we are the same people and should happily live and not keep arguing and fighting.

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  • IndianDude
    Oct 18, 2013 - 5:55AM

    All talented and good human being from pakistan are welcome. One of my favorite pakistani born gazal singer Gulam Ali khan lives in mumbai. If Gulam Ali were to live in pakistan, he might have died poor like mehdi hassan or blown to beats by the pakistanis.

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  • ModiFied
    Oct 18, 2013 - 6:16AM

    Didn’t I tell in my comment that he will get visa extension? Rest assured, he will get India VISA for as long as he wants to live and work in India. Most Pakistani singers and actors have no problem in getting Indian working VISA. So my Pakistani friends now you know how India works and why we love India?

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  • JJ
    Oct 18, 2013 - 9:59AM

    Stop being emotional!! Why are you bashing him just because he is a Pakistani….you should be ashamed of yourselves!!!!

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  • hali
    Oct 18, 2013 - 2:32PM

    seriously?! who cares?

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  • Oct 18, 2013 - 3:17PM

    I feel India should have a policy like the US. Like US, India attracts a lot of Artistic talent, which can’t find takers or if they find the opportunities lacking or not respected.

    Adnan Sami is a good musician. All good musicians, irrespective of nationality should be allowed to stay and even become citizens, depending on the level of skill.

    Its basically brain drain.

    If he stays in India, the money he earns will be paid to the Govt as tax. If he goes back to Pakistan, it like Indian money is going out of India.

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  • Rakib
    Oct 18, 2013 - 4:53PM

    @BruteForce:
    Following is related, though not a response, to what you said.From particular averments made by Sami it’s known that he doesn’t even have a bank account in India; his application to RBI for that is pending. Therefore payments are made to his Booking Agent or Management Company which disburses monies per his needs. After unfortunate episode of Rahat Fateh Ali all know that ignorance is no excuse, & all payments are by cheque, except cash thrown by enthusiastic audience at live shows. The onus to pay Income-tax lies at the Source of Income, in this case the one who hires Adnan’s services. So, Govt of India gets the first pound of flesh even before Adnan. The management Company gets a fee (minimum 15% plus expenses) & that is the next pound. Then come the lawyers fees & alimony if any. Then Professional Tax, Protection Money etc. What is left over is further taxed when his CA files his returns in Pakistan since between India & Pakistan there is no agreement about avoiding double taxation. No wonder the poor chap has lost so much weight! May be he will regain it in Luxembourg, Seychelles, Cayman Islands some day.

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  • Oct 18, 2013 - 7:38PM

    The indian Goappreciate vt isgetting benefit she should appreciate his liviing.Recommend

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