Every individual is free: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

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New Delhi, Aug 8 (IANS) Amid reports of effigies of Pakistani singer Adnan Sami, who has been allowed to stay in India, being burnt in his native country, “Main tenu” crooner Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, also from the neighbouring nation, says it is “wrong”. He believes that every individual is “free” and has the choice to stay wherever he wishes.

“If effigies have been burnt, then it’s wrong. Every individual is free and it his decision to stay wherever he wants. There are no boundaries for music. It’s a very bad feeling for me. It should not happen,” Rahat, who is in Mumbai to celebrate the success of his new songs in Bollywood films like “Hamari Adhuri Kahani” and “Drishyam”, told IANS in a telephonic interview.

Adnan, who had appealed for legalisation of his stay in the country in May this year, has been allowed to stay in India on humanitarian grounds till further orders, a union minister said on Tuesday.

In an interview to the Hindustan Times, Adnan has claimed that people in Pakistan are “not very happy” with the news of the singer’s stay in India getting approved and that they are burning his effigies.

Adnan, who came to India on a visitor’s visa, has 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.

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