LAHORE: A local banking court Friday issued bailable arrest warrants for Shahid Nazir, the One Pound Fish famed, on a criminal complaint filed by a leasing company.

Banking Court-Lahore IV, Judge Khalid Nawaz issued the order on a criminal complaint filed by Orix Leasing Company in a recovery suit of Rs6.6 million against the one hit wonder.

The court ordered to produce Nazir before it on September 29.

Nazir reached number 29 in the British pop charts for “One Pound Fish,” which he originally composed to encourage shoppers at the market in east London where he worked to part with a pound (around $1.60) for a fish.

The song became a YouTube hit after someone filmed him singing it at the market and Warner Music signed him up for a record deal in the hope of getting the coveted Christmas number one spot in the charts.

On his return to Pakistan in December, hundreds of people showed up at Lahore airport to shower him with rose petals, and he has since adapted “One Pound Fish” to promote phone services in TV and radio adverts.

According to details, Nazir being owner of Rajpoot Goods Transport acquired a loan of Rs6.6 million from the leasing company for purchasing trailers in 2007.

The leasing company had to file a recovery suit after Nazir failed to reimburse the loan payments. However, he later made a deal with the company and agreed to pay Rs1.34 million through 11 cheques of Rs94,000 each.

The cheques nonetheless were found bogus and the company subsequently filed the criminal complaint for legal action against the singer.

On the last hearing, the court had issued notices to Nazir for appearance which he refused to receive and also failed to appear before the court today.

By taking a strict notice of the matter, the court has issued bailable arrest warrants for Shahid Nazir and ordered to produce him on September 29.

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September 6, 2013 8:50 pm

That's a lot of £1 fish he will have to sell now ... he maybe better staying Pakistan, as there are many big fish defaulters there or become President

September 6, 2013 8:53 pm

Well Done! Mr. Shahid. We all are proud of you.. "jaisy awam waisay hukumraan" so no need to cry for change or betterment of the society.

September 6, 2013 9:03 pm

After he has been arrested can the highly esteemed courts please act in a similar "hot pursuit" style to arrest defaulters who actually have political backing down to their chaddi.

N.B. by no means am I suggesting that this fish man should be allowed to go scot free if he has been at fault.

September 6, 2013 10:06 pm

One word, very Typical!

September 6, 2013 11:26 pm

"On his return to Pakistan in December, hundreds of people showed up at Lahore airport to shower him with rose petals"

LOL :)

Irfan Butt
September 6, 2013 11:50 pm

Fire that bank officer who authorized the loan. A petty lascar selling fish who becomes famous for being a goofy singer doesn't mean he can afford to take a loan like that.

September 7, 2013 12:32 am

Just for Rs.6.6 million, Wow what a command and control of a Giant Leasing Company, Ya Hoo. What about Trillion and Billions of rupees..............! Its all about Might is Right...........!

September 7, 2013 1:23 am

Pakka Pakistani!

September 7, 2013 1:28 am

After-all...he is a PML-N supporter and sang a song for Nawaz during the elections. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree....what better can you expect from a person who votes for the Sharif brothers and who makes them their role models....not to forget, he was also working illegally in the UK and the immigration services were after him so he ran to Pakistan after his song went viral otherwise why would one run back after being a hit in the UK...sorry person with a sorry party with a sorry state of mind and all such people should be flogged in public.

September 7, 2013 7:21 am

not sure why we Pakistani's makes big mistakes for money and dont care how much fame we got but sacrifice that on money......

September 7, 2013 8:10 am

How about he give a 94,000 Ib fish for his bail.

mehboob malik
September 7, 2013 10:27 am

This is the behaviour of our whole nation and we are following our leaders :(

September 7, 2013 1:26 pm

Re. Paki - " Just for Rs.6.6 million..."? What do you mean just? Would you pay it for him?

1 pound brain
September 7, 2013 3:23 pm

A typical pakistani attribute, taking a loan and not returning it.

September 7, 2013 4:19 pm

He needs to compose a new "Two Pound Fish", to pay off his loans, if he has not scooted as yet.

September 7, 2013 4:51 pm

@atiq: Because are all from a poor country at the moment

Mohammad Yamin
September 7, 2013 7:21 pm

How immoral. This is the character of our people.

September 7, 2013 7:24 pm

C'MON MAN , just give another hit and pay your debt. I give you a clue, go the Tahir Shah way, make it in urdu. 200 rupay ki machhi.

Iqbal Khan
September 7, 2013 7:46 pm

@mehboob malik: And this is another problem. We cannot focus on one issue, in this case, this court case. Then what we do? Government bashing.

September 7, 2013 10:16 pm

@Sonal: They should have showered him with fish! ;)

September 7, 2013 11:06 pm

I don't think this news is worthy of so much coverage. There are bigger fish to fry. The amount is absolutely negligible when you compare it to the looting of our elite, our president for instance, is the biggest thief, so what do you expect from a common man? as CM raisaani once famously said, " corruption is the right of every citizen" not just the wealthy prevliged!!!

September 7, 2013 11:12 pm

This is the best thing that ever happened to those poor One Pound Fish.

September 7, 2013 11:28 pm

Taher Shah, Shahid guys onto killing people with your music now chaps?

Ali S
September 8, 2013 12:49 am

Never mind the loan payment, him singing that song and having us hear it on every TV channel is still probably his biggest crime.

September 8, 2013 1:19 am

Loan was taken in 2007...he got famous in 2012 so its a time difference..if he was a millioniare than why he was selling the fishes in uk...n working as a labor

September 8, 2013 2:20 am

something fishy going on..!

29 seems to be the magic number for this guy, reached number 29 in British pop charts and ordered to appear before court on 29.... :-/

September 8, 2013 3:51 am

@mehboob malik: We are not following or emulating anyone. We are just dishonorable and corrupt by nature.

September 8, 2013 3:52 am

@Sonal: Yup, priorities .

September 8, 2013 4:08 am

Him singing and working in UK was illegal activity anyway. He was deported from there. We tend to forget the ground realities or decide not to pay any attention to them when emotions are running high.

Riaz Murtaza
September 8, 2013 5:58 am

This is why, any foreigner is reluctant to trust on any Pakistani ! Patriot Pakistanis face big challenge out of their country.

September 8, 2013 6:39 am

What a cheat

Jalbani Baloch
September 8, 2013 12:19 pm

No one is above the law. If he has cheated the company by producing bogus cheques after a settlement, he must be taken to task. The people should not support wrong behaviors and things, when done by any artist on the filmsy ground of become national icon.

September 8, 2013 5:38 pm

@Irfan Butt: He took that loan in the year 2007 and he became famous more like 2 years back.

September 9, 2013 8:05 am

@Ali: You must be PTI supporter.

September 9, 2013 11:10 am

What do you expect typical Pakistani characteristic…. There's nothing like a good cheating song to make me want to run home to be with my wife.

September 9, 2013 4:03 pm

c'mon ladies c'mon ladies .. 6.6 million!

Zubair Khan
September 9, 2013 4:14 pm

OMG to whome one should trust and keep in high esteem.

September 9, 2013 5:05 pm

Come on ladies come on ladies 6.6 Sexy

September 9, 2013 5:02 pm

Come on ladies come on ladies 6.6 Sexy

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