Last updateTue, 17 Mar 2015 2pm

"One Pound Fish" star enters murky world of Pak politics

His market stall sales pitch became a YouTube hit watched by millions before he was deported from the UK and now Muhammad Shahid Nazir is turning his talents to the murky world of Pakistani politics.

Muhammad Shahid Nazir, whose viral hit "One Pound Fish" reached number 29 in the British pop music charts, is composing an election song for Pakistan's main opposition party - the Pakistan Muslim League - N (PMLN) Nawaz Sharif.

"I have prepared an election song on Nawaz Sharif highlighting his contributions to Pakistan", Nazir told Agence France Presse.

However, he said he had no intention to participate in the May poll as a candidate.

"I like PMLN and Nawaz's agenda and definitely I have interest in politics but at the moment, I am focusing on my music and singing," he said.

Nazir's rose to fame after being filmed encouraging shoppers at a fish stall in East London to buy his fresh produce for a pound.

The marketing pitch became an internet sensation and Nazir was signed up by Warner Music for a record deal.

An accompanying music video featuring Bollywood dancers and a famous BBC weatherman was watched by 22 million on YouTube while the song was covered by Alesha Dixon.

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.



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