Pak-born actor sacked from British TV show for anti-India tweets

Pakistan-origin actor Marc Anwar has been fired from Britain’s popular television soap ‘Coronation Street’ for posting “racially offensive” comments against Indians on social media.

The 45-year-old actor, who plays the role of Sharif Nazir in the series, referred to Indians as “b*****ds” and used other insulting terms on Twitter, according to a report in Hindustan Times, originally attributed to Sunday Mirror.  

The daily published screenshots of the messages posted on the actor’s Twitter timeline.

“Indians killing our Kashmir brothers and sisters,” he wrote in one of the tweets. “Why the f*** do Pakistani artists want to work in f***face India? Do you love money so much? Ban #india movies in #PakistanisLeaveIndia. B*****ds p**s drinking #c**ts,” Anwar’s tweets read. He also targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi.  

His comments come days after the terror attack on Indian army base in Uri, and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena and Shiv Sena’s demand to ban Pakistani artistes working in India.

A spokesperson of ITV, the network on which the soap is telecast, said Anwar would not be returning to the show “with immediate effect.”

“We are deeply shocked by the entirely unacceptable, racially offensive comments made on Twitter by Marc Anwar. We have talked to Marc and, as a consequence of his comments, he will not be returning to ‘Coronation Street’ with immediate effect,” the spokesperson said in a statement.

Anwar joined the world’s longest-running TV soap opera in February 2014 as a member of the serial’s first Muslim family. His character will still appear in scenes that have already been filmed for upcoming episodes.

‘Coronation Street’, which began in 1960, became the longest-running soap opera of the world in 2010.

Anwar has also appeared in Hollywood films including ‘Captain Phillips’ and ‘51st State’.