Marc Anwar, who plays the role of Sharif Nazir in Cornation Street referred to Indians as b******s’ and ‘p***-drinking c***s’ on Twitter.
‘This is a hate crime. Disgusted’: Furious Coronation Street viewers call for a police prob. Following his rant on social media he was reportedly fired from the show. ITV said they were ‘deeply shocked’ by the ‘racially offensive comments’ Comments come days after an attack on an Indian army base in Kashmir .
On his account – which ironically says ‘it’s not what you say, but what you do’ – he also wrote: ‘Why the f*** do Pakistani artists want to work in f***face India? Do you love money so much?’ It has prompted a furious backlash on social media, with many describing themselves as ‘disgusted’ and others calling for Mr Anwar to be reported for a hate crime.
His comments come days after an attack on an Indian army base in Kashmir killed 18 soldiers. India claimed Pakistan was behind the attack, something it has denied.
Anwar, 45, fired off a series of tweets in which he also referred to Indians as killers and suggested Pakistanis should refuse to work in the country.
In his rant – in which he inserted asterisks in the most offensive words – he said: “Why the F**** do #pakistaniartists want work in #f*** face #india, do you love money so much.”
He followed that up by tweeting an image of a clenched fist before adding: “Ban #india movies in #PakistanisLeaveIndia. B******* p*** drinking #c****.
The next targets were Indian Prime Minster Narenda Modi and Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif, who have repeatedly clashed over Kashmir.
The actor tweeted: “F****** #indians killing our #Kashmir brothers and sisters, beygairth #NawazSharif still sucking #modi Lul!”
In another he slammed India and called on Pakistanis to leave it. The actor rushed to delete two of his most offensive tweets, which caused widespread shock.
Baroness Hussein-Ece, a Liberal Democrat and anti-racism campaigner, led criticism of Anwar’s comments.The vice chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Race and Community said: “I understand the frustration but it doesn’t justify the kind of language he’s used and blaming all Indians.“It is one thing to campaign and another to say these kind of things on Twitter.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.”
Source@Daily Mail; Sunday Mirror