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Islamabad: Days after the Centre allowed famous Pakistani singer Adnan Sami to stay in India on humanitarian grounds till further orders, Pakistan on Wednesday refused to confirm his renunciation of nationality over his alleged disrespectful behaviour towards his national identity.

The latest move could hurt Sami’s efforts to adopt the Indian nationality.

The authorities in Pakistan have refused to issue the “renunciation of citizenship certificate” to the famous singer, The Express Tribune reported. The certificate is necessary for any Pakistani citizen who wants to adopt the citizenship of any other country.

“Why would we issue the certificate to a man who has no respect for ‘sacred’ documents,” a senior officer of Pakistan’s Home ministry told the daily.

“The Pakistani singer would now have to submit an unconditional apology for his behaviour and follow the correct procedure for getting the renunciation certificate,” officials said.

Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju had on August 4 informed the Lok Sabha that the singer was exempted from deportation proceedings under section 3 of the Foreigners Act.

“…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 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,” the home ministry order said.

The 46-year-old singer, who gave hit songs like ‘Kabhi to nazar milao’ and ‘Lift karaa de’, had appealed for the legalisation of his stay in the country in May this year.

He submitted a representation to the home ministry on May 26, 2015, requesting for his stay in India on humanitarian grounds.

Sami, who came to India on a visitor’s visa, had been staying in India since March 2001. His visa was extended from time to time, but as his passport expired in May this year and the Pakistani government refused to renew it, he was forced to request the Indian authorities to legalise his stay in the country on humanitarian grounds.

(With inputs from agencies)

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Uber Launches Campaign for Women and Youth in India

New Uber initiatives to empower women, youth in India

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A campaign by Uber will empower youth and women in India. Wikimedia Commons

In a bid to make daily commute safer for women in India, ride hailing giant Uber on Friday launched a new campaign for Uber Auto, which also aims to empower riders with seamless shared mobility solutions.

The company also launched an Uber Moto campaign for youth with convenient doorstep pickup to help them save time from arduous commute and use that time to up-skill themselves.

“At Uber, we’re committed to simplifying the lives of our riders by addressing their everyday challenges through multi-modal mobility solutions,” Manisha Lath Gupta-Marketing Director, Uber India and South Asia, told IANS.

“We believe that our youth have immense potential, however, lack of safe and reliable commuting options often limits their aspirations. In a small yet meaningful way, we are delighted to support the aspirations of millions of men and women to move forward,” Gupta added.

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The Uber Auto campaign in India is titled as “Badey Iradon Ki Chhoti Sawaari,”. Pixabay

Targeted primarily at women commuters, the cab hailing giant’s Auto campaign, titled “Badey Iradon Ki Chhoti Sawaari,” aims to provide women safe, reliable yet affordable travel options, thus, enabling them to fulfil their aspirations.

Instead of being dependent on friends and family for picking and dropping them, or standing on roads waiting to find a reliable mode of transport, Uber Auto allows women to step out whenever they need to.

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The company’s Moto campaign, titled “Sapno Par Hoja Sawaar” aims to inspire the young working professionals whose aspirations get dampened because they spend long hours commuting and have to change multiple modes of transport to find the most economical option.

Both the campaigns would be seen across digital, print and out-of-home advertising (OOH) platforms, said Uber. (IANS)