A British Pakistani actor from the popular TV soap Coronation Street has been fired after sending out a “racially offensive” tweet about Indian people.
Pakistan-born Marc Anwar, 45, who has played the role of Sharif Nazir on the ITV show, was sacked after his tweets were revealed by the Sunday Mirror.
The alleged tweets from Anwar’s protected account, published by the newspaper, were critical of India over the disputed Kashmir region and called on Pakistani actors to stop working in the country.
The tweets also referred to Indian people as “b*******” and “p***-drinking c****”.
His comments come amid heightened tensions between India and Pakistan over Kashmir following several deadly attacks by militants.
Those attacks have prompted anit-Pakistani rhetoric in India with some calling for Pakistani actors to be barred from the Indian film industry.
ITV said in a statement: “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.”