One Pound Fish man back in Pakistan, says deportation news incorrect

Published: December 27, 2012
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Shahid Nazir arrives in Lahore, thanks people for the warm welcome. PHOTO: SCREENSHOT

Shahid Nazir arrives in Lahore, thanks people for the warm welcome. PHOTO: SCREENSHOT

LAHORE: The One Pound Fish man, Shahid Nazir returned to a rousing welcome at the Lahore Airport on Thursday.

Speaking to media on his arrival at the airport, Nazir thanked the people of Pakistan for their appreciation and the warm welcome.

Responding to a query about being deported out of Britain, Nazir termed the news incorrect and said he has a visa and is in Pakistan only for few weeks.

“I’m here because I have to apply for visa to visit France for the song release,” he explained.

Calling his hit single a gift from God, Nazir said the song was a spontaneous creation.

Shahid moved to Britain just over a year ago with the hope of making enough money to send to his wife and four children in Pakistan.

On his first day at the fish stall, his boss told him to shout to customers to get their attention. He said he did not like shouting, and so made up a song.

Nazir signed a record deal with Warner Music after he was spotted in a YouTube video of him singing at the Queen’s Market, Upton Park, which got more than 3.6 million views.

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Reader Comments (21)

  • Sundus
    Dec 27, 2012 - 2:54PM

    why couldn’t he apply for a visa to france from UK?

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  • Saad
    Dec 27, 2012 - 3:12PM

    He’s lying. He could applied for a French visa from UK as long as he was a ‘legal resident’ of UK,

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  • Abuturab Sahibzada
    Dec 27, 2012 - 3:27PM

    Was he there on student visa? His contract and work being a student might have caused problems for him.

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  • Aries
    Dec 27, 2012 - 3:28PM

    No he can’t. They often ask you to apply from your country of origin.

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  • Rana
    Dec 27, 2012 - 3:32PM

    luck never follows the reasons!!

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  • AMJ
    Dec 27, 2012 - 3:51PM

    People of most nationalities specially those from the Third World have to go back to their home country to apply for visas for most countries.

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  • Much Amused
    Dec 27, 2012 - 3:59PM

    @Aries:
    Yes you can. Providing you are legally “resident” in the UK. i.e. on a student or training or work etc visa.

    As a student he can work a certain number of hours per week. So there are no problems there. The problem he will face, if he was in UK as a student, is whether he was attending classes regularly. If not, then authorities can cancel his visa and chuck him out.

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  • Zeux
    Dec 27, 2012 - 4:05PM

    Welcome Back “One Pound Fish” man. time now to sing “One Rupeee Fish Fillet” song

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  • Syed
    Dec 27, 2012 - 5:19PM

    time to sing out loud ” moosli wala bhai , moosli ley low..

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  • Aamir - Toronto
    Dec 27, 2012 - 5:47PM

    Please stop bashing the guy and appreciate his talent !!!!!

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  • Dec 27, 2012 - 6:24PM

    Cheetah!

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  • how to pay university
    Dec 27, 2012 - 6:37PM

    did he bring any maim

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  • something true
    Dec 27, 2012 - 6:58PM

    dont be jealous of his succes. dont you guys have any life, visa or not, who cares.

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  • bosh
    Dec 27, 2012 - 7:11PM

    The point is that he is back in the country because his visa expired. Furthermore you are not allowed to switch to certain categories while in the UK. He could have applied for a French visa while in London if his visa had not expired. There is no restriction to applying for a visa as many of my friends have done it on a student visa. They also don’t allow people to work as entertainers or sportscasters on a student visa.

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  • Afaq
    Dec 27, 2012 - 7:17PM

    Well planned reason. Illegal One Pound Visa :)

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  • Javed Afridi
    Dec 27, 2012 - 7:32PM

    @Sundus:
    No he couldn’t. You can only apply for a visa from the country of your residence or when you have resident visa for the country you are applying from, student visa being one such visa. You can especially not apply from country where you are staying as a visitor.

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  • goggi
    Dec 27, 2012 - 8:31PM

    I like him because he is from my musical Lahore…kheer howe badshah zade!

    We had or still have in Lahore the most musical street hawkers and beggars of the whole sub-continent.

    “Loooooo jii cheelaN nuuuuN paaan walaaa ghoooooooooooooooooost” shouted one young hawker very melodic passing through our street on his bycycle with his front basket full of meat. That cheap meat was bought from women for the purpose of “Waara and later thrown to vultures!

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  • whats in the name
    Dec 27, 2012 - 9:06PM

    His One Pound Song is very much inspired from the Bollywood Song…. Pardesi Pardesi Jana Nahi, from the moive Raja Hindustani Starring Aamir Khan and Karsima Kapoor, Do not believe me at face value. Please Youtube both the videos and verify for your self.
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  • Bob
    Dec 28, 2012 - 3:22AM

    Your story reports : ” Shahid moved to Britain just over a year ago with the hope of making enough money to send to his wife and four children in Pakistan. “

    He was granted entry to the UK by presenting himself as a STUDENT, coming to the UK to STUDY.

    If your story is correct, THAT MAKES HIM AN ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT, who attempted to LIE to the British state.

    Therefore, Goodbye and Good Riddance. We don’t need more illegals in the UK. We don’t need more Pakistani corruption in the UK. Parts of London are turning to Pakistan before our very eyes. That is not an improvement.

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  • Bob
    Dec 28, 2012 - 3:27AM

    UK does not want illlegal immigrants who lie to us about being students, but come to work. Goodbye !

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  • Dizzey
    Dec 28, 2012 - 4:38PM

    Does anyone think that this bloke is actually talented? He can’t sing that’s for sure, so his only talent must be, being able to fool the authorities into thinking that he was a student.

    I am glad that hes been chucked out and he should now be barred from applying for another visa of any kind to gain entry to th UK.

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