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Coronation Street star sacked over 'unacceptable' comments about Indian people

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Coronation Street star sacked over 'unacceptable' comments about Indian people

"We are deeply shocked by the entirely unacceptable, racially offensive comments made on Twitter by Marc Anwar", the statement read.

The Pakistan-born actor, who plays the part of Sharif Nazir on the ITV soap, called Indians "b*****ds" and "p**s-drinking c***s" in a foul-mouthed tirade, which has led to his sacking from the programme.

The Sunday Mirror newspaper published screenshots of the messages posted on his personal Twitter account. His posts followed recent attacks in Kashmir, which have escalated a war of words between Indian and Pakistani leaders.

Anwar is now involved in a high-profile storyline that will see Sharif blackmailed by granddaughter Alya over his seven-year affair with Nazir family friend Sonia.

The remarks came days after 17 soldiers were killed at a Kashmir air base, sparking a United Nations clash between India and Pakistan.

Anwar has appeared in other projects such as Captain Phillips and the 51st State.

Coronation Street star sacked over 'unacceptable' comments about Indian people
Coronation Street star sacked over 'unacceptable' comments about Indian people

He then moved on to target Indian politicians, writing that they were "killing our #Kashmir brothers and sisters".

Due to the rising tension between India and Pakistan, emotions are running high among nationals of both these countries.

Fans of the show praised Corrie for taking swift action, with one posting: "Good riddance to Marc Anwar".

In 2013 ITV also sacked actor Chris Fountain, who played Tommy Duckworth, for rapping in a YouTube video which advocated violence against women. However now that Anwar has been dismissed, the show's writers will need to find a way to creatively write his character out and plan storylines to replace the affair plot.

But a source on the ITV show said: "There are going to have to be lots of rewrites".

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