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LONDON: The Pakistani-born actor Marc Anwar was on Sunday sacked from Britain’s most popular television show Coronation Street for calling Indians `b*****ds’ and `p**-drinking c**ts’.
Coronation Street is the world’s longest TV soap opera since its start in 1960. Anwar, who plays the role of love cheat gym boss Sharif Nazir in the show, joined it in 2014.
The 55-year-old actor took to twitter to vent his anger against India over the on-going Kashmir violence, calling Indians killers.
Targeting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and taunting Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif, the actor tweeted, “F***ing #indians killing our #Kashmir brothers and sisters, beygairth (shameless) #NawazSharif still sucking #modi Lul!”
To the Pakistani actors working in Bollywood, Anwar tweeted, “Why the F***k do #pakistaniartists want work in #f*** face #india, do you love money so much.”
Seeking ban on Indian movies in Pakistan, Anwar posted another tweet with a clenched fist, “Ban #india movies in #PakistanisLeaveIndia. B*****ds p**s drinking #c**ts.”
When the offensive tweets were brought to the notice of ITV chiefs, Anwar was sacked.
In a statement, the TV channel said, “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.”
Anwar has appeared in a few films such as Captain Phillips, 51st State and the 2012 Anglo-Hindi film Pusher. Pusher was banned by some cinema halls in Mumbai because it showed too much drug-fuelled violence.