Labore born Sami first arrived in India in 2001 on a visitor’s visa.
His visa was extended from time to time. In 2015 his Pakistani passport
was not renewed by the Pakistan government, which led him to approach
the India government with the request to legalise his stay in India on
The singer, age 46, who made India his second home for the past few
years, made a representation to the Home Ministry on May 26 this year,
requesting his stay in India on humanitarian grounds.