British-Pakistani actor fired over anti-Indian Twitter rant

Actor also attacked Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in an offensive tweet


News Desk September 25, 2016
Just two months ago he was pictured with police endorsing their campaign against hate crime. PHOTO: DAILY MAIL

British-Pakistani soap actor Marc Anwar has reportedly been fired after a racist rant against Indians on Twitter.

Marc Anwar, 45, who plays the role of Sharif Nazir in soap opera Coronation Street used foul language against Indians on Twitter.

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PHOTO: MAIL ONLINE

The actor also attacked Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in an offensive tweet. He wrote, “F***ing Indians killing our #Kashmir brothers and sisters, beygairth Nawaz Sharif still sucking Modi.”

New Delhi blamed Pakistan for the September 18 deadly attack on a military base near the Line of Control in Indian occupied Kashmir based on flimsy evidence, the authenticity of which is being questioned by some circles within India even.

Anwar, from Rochdale, joined Coronation Street in 2014 to play the role of Kal's [Jimi Mistry] father in what was the first Muslim family on the show.

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According to reports, The Sunday Mirror alerted the ITV network that broadcasts the show which led the actor to be sacked within hours.  ITV said in a statement, “We are deeply shocked by the entirely unacceptable, racially offensive comments made on Twitter by Marc Anwar.”

The statement added, “We have talked to Marc and, as a consequence of his comments, he will not be returning to Coronation Street with immediate effect.” Last night the actor’s Twitter account was locked to private after he reportedly deleted two of his most offensive messages.

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Fiyaz Mughal, director of the charity Faith Matters, said, “It's unacceptable for anyone today to put material online that targets a segment of a population. You can't just blame a whole group of people for a conflict.” He added, “Marc needs to reflect, and in a way retract what he said, and understand you can't go online and add fuel to the fire.” Baroness Hussein-Ece, a Liberal Democrat and anti-racism campaigner, said, “He is a public figure and he's gone about this in the wrong way.”

This article originally appeared on Mail Online.

COMMENTS (15)

shirz | 5 years ago | Reply We must not support crime whether being done by Pakistan or Indian government. Innocent killings are negligible and abusive language is not permissible? Indians need to question their government and not get angry over here. Pakistan need seriousness over Kashmir issue.Pakistan need to send army to equalize the situation in Kashmir or UN must arrange armed forces to tackle Indian army in Kashmir .More then half a century and Kashmir issue is unresolved.Shame on UN Pakistan and India.
Bunny Rabbit | 5 years ago | Reply @Pakistani: We love you .
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