The Pakistani fish-monger who catapulted to fame with the unlikely hit record "One-Pound-Fish-Man," a ditty he used to lure customers to his east London market stall, has denied reports he was deported from the U.K. for overstaying his visa.
Muhammad Shahid Nazir received a rapturous welcome when he returned to Pakistan following reports of his deportation from the U.K. So welcome was Nazir that the Pakistan government announced it would rescind the You Tube ban it imposed in September.
According to the Daily Mail Nazir's visa had expired and he was told to leave the U.K. and not return until his visa was in order. The IB Times said Nazir's agent, Samir Ahmed, confirmed Nazir had been told to fly back to Pakistan over visa issues, saying: "His return to the UK is pending approval of a working visa. We fully expect him to return in the coming weeks."
Internet singing star Nazir is adamant however that his return to Pakistan was not on the orders of U.K. immigration officials. RFERL reported Nazir insists he returned to Pakistan in order to apply for a French visa to help promote his single in France.
The One-Pound-Fish-Man has no plans to continue selling fish for a living. He said: "I will adopt music as a profession now, but I can never forget my fish stall."