Fri, 01 Jul 2022 08:08 PM IST
Pictures of slain Indian singer-turned-politician Sidhu Moosewala have cropped up on election hoardings in Pakistan, apparently to cash in on his popularity in the upcoming by-elections in the country's Punjab province.
With by-elections being held on PP 217 seat located in Multan region in Pakistan's Punjab province, Moosewala's photo with a reference to his chartbuster song '295' was used on the hoarding of former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's party Tehreek-e-Insaf, alongside Zain Qureshi, who is incidentally the son of former Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, according to the News International newspaper.
Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu, 28, also known as Sidhu Moosewala, was shot dead in Mansa district in India's Punjab on May 29, a day after the state government trimmed his security cover.
The election posters showed Moosewala's picture with the numbers '295' inscribed on it, in an apparent reference to the singer's popular number, the report said.
The by-elections are slated to be held on July 17.
When Zain Qureshi was asked about Moosewala's photo on the election hoarding, he pleaded ignorance.
"I would like to thank everyone who has printed a picture of Sidhu Moosewala on the poster as this poster has gone very viral because of his picture. None of our posters had gone so viral before," he told BBC Urdu.
The leader added: "they are trying to find out who printed the picture on the poster and the reason behind it".
Moosewala enjoys a loyal fan base in Pakistan, which explains why his photo was used in hoardings ahead of the by-elections.
Last month, a 30-year-old artist named Shahzad Bhatti from Pakistan's Punjab province painted a huge portrait of Moosewala on a truck to pay tribute to the popular singer-songwriter.
The tribute was special because truck art in Pakistan is generally reserved only for the country's national heroes.
Before his death, Moosewala had promised fans a Pakistan tour with live shows in Lahore and Islamabad.
(With agency inputs)