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Pakistani-born Coronation Street star Marc Anwar sacked for racism after calling Indians 'b*****

Pakistan-born Coronation Street actor Marc Anwar has been fired from the soap for a racist rant on social media. Mr Anwar, 45, who plays the role of Sharif Nazir in Corrie, referred to Indians as b******s' and 'p***-drinking c***s' on Twitter.

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?'

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.

An ITV spokesman told the Sunday Mirror: '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.'

Mr 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.

Mr Anwar also attacked Indian PM Narendra Modi and Pakistan leader Nawaz Sharif in an offensive tweet.He wrote: 'F***ing Indians killing our #Kashmir brothers and sisters, beygairth Nawaz Sharif still sucking Modi. Lul!'Last night the actor - whose Twitter account is now locked to private - reportedly deleted two of his most offensive messages.

Just two months ago he was pictured with police endorsing their campaign against hate crime. The 45-year-old, who appeared in the 51st State starring Samuel L Jackson, is the first Corrie star to be sacked since Chris Fountain in 2013.He was fired after being filmed wearing a Halloween mask and delivering a number of obscene and expletive-filled rhymes, which included boasts of violence and rape.

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