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A banking court in Lahore on Friday issued bailable arrest warrants for Shahid Nazir on a complaint filed by a leasing company. – File Photo
A banking court in Lahore on Friday issued bailable arrest warrants for Shahid Nazir on a complaint filed by a leasing company. – File Photo

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.

Comments (39) Closed

Shaffiq Sep 06, 2013 08:50pm

That's a lot of

syed Sep 06, 2013 08:53pm

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.

Blister Sep 06, 2013 09:03pm

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.

Haider Sep 06, 2013 10:06pm

One word, very Typical!

Sonal Sep 06, 2013 11:26pm

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

LOL :)

Irfan Butt Sep 06, 2013 11:50pm

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.

Paki Sep 07, 2013 12:32am

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...........!

Khizr Sep 07, 2013 01:23am

Pakka Pakistani!

Ali Sep 07, 2013 01:28am

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.

atiq Sep 07, 2013 07:21am

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

Cantry Sep 07, 2013 08:10am

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

mehboob malik Sep 07, 2013 10:27am

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

Anees Sep 07, 2013 01:26pm

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

1 pound brain Sep 07, 2013 03:23pm

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

Feroz Sep 07, 2013 04:19pm

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

Abbas Sep 07, 2013 04:51pm

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

Mohammad Yamin Sep 07, 2013 07:21pm

How immoral. This is the character of our people.

conspirashidulrehman Sep 07, 2013 07:24pm

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 Sep 07, 2013 07:46pm

@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.

Rizwan Sep 07, 2013 10:16pm

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

safdar Sep 07, 2013 11:06pm

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!!!

Raja Sep 07, 2013 11:12pm

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

Naba Sep 07, 2013 11:28pm

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

Ali S Sep 08, 2013 12:49am

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

nisar Sep 08, 2013 01:19am

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

Zuhaib Sep 08, 2013 02:20am

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.... :-/

Omar Sep 08, 2013 03:51am

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

Omar Sep 08, 2013 03:52am

@Sonal: Yup, priorities .

John Sep 08, 2013 04:08am

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 Sep 08, 2013 05:58am

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

Kamran Sep 08, 2013 06:39am

What a cheat

Jalbani Baloch Sep 08, 2013 12:19pm

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.

Bilal Sep 08, 2013 05:38pm

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

comment Sep 09, 2013 08:05am

@Ali: You must be PTI supporter.

Khanm Sep 09, 2013 11:10am

What do you expect typical Pakistani characteristic

Farhan Sep 09, 2013 04:03pm

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

Zubair Khan Sep 09, 2013 04:14pm

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

sdads Sep 09, 2013 05:05pm

Come on ladies come on ladies 6.6 Sexy

sdads Sep 09, 2013 05:02pm

Come on ladies come on ladies 6.6 Sexy