PM Khan asks PTV to air famous Turkish fiction drama 'Ertugrul' in Urdu

Poster of famous Turkish historical fiction series Dirilis: Ertugrul. (Photo Courtesy: Social Media)
Updated 03 December 2019

PM Khan asks PTV to air famous Turkish fiction drama 'Ertugrul' in Urdu

  • State TV brings the series to Pakistan following praises from PM Imran Khan
  • Dubbing work is already underway

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s state television, the PTV, is set to air a famous Turkish historical fiction series “Dirilis: Ertugrul” dubbed in Urdu soon, the state broadcaster told Arab News on Monday.
The move follows a special request by Prime Minister Imran Khan, who in October recommended the popular TV opera to all Pakistanis as promoting the true Islamic values, and insisted that the five-season series should be dubbed in Urdu.
Often described as a Turkish “Game of Thrones,” by the fans, the series is set in 13th century Anatolia, before the establishment of the Ottoman Empire. It illustrates the struggle of Ertugrul Gazi, the father of Osman I – the founder of the Ottoman dynasty.
Since its premiere on state-run Turkish TV channel TRT 1 in November 2014, the serial has been telecasted in 60 countries.
“We have taken this initiative as the prime minister wants to protect our social, cultural and religious norms,” said Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan, special assistant to the prime minister on information and broadcasting.
“The Muslim world has its own cultural heritage and values, but we are looking into western ones,” she told Arab News in an interview in Islamabad on Monday.
According to Awan, the drama can enlighten and broaden the understanding of the history of Islam, especially among younger generations.
“I attended golden jubilee celebrations ceremony of the OIC (Organization of Islamic Cooperation) in Jeddah last week, where it was also discussed how to improve social, cultural and religious ties between member states by sharing media content,” she said, adding there was a special focus on using the media to improve the perception of Islam in the West and strengthen ties between OIC countries.
“It is also Prime Minister Imran Khan’s vision to share media content to counter Islamophobia and improve understanding of Islamic values,” Awan said.
PTV director for international relations, Shazia Sikander, who is also the head of this project, told Arab News that PTV is dubbing “Dirilis: Ertugrul” in Urdu as it has already secured all rights from TRT.
“PTV has got exclusive rights for dubbing and screening it in Pakistan,” she said, adding that the series is already on PTV’s dub stage, with voice actors selected carefully to make sure the historical drama will captivate to the audience.

Saudi Arabia, UAE condemn attack on religious seminary in Pakistan

Updated 28 October 2020

Saudi Arabia, UAE condemn attack on religious seminary in Pakistan

  • Tuesday bombing in Peshawar killed at least eight students and injured more than 130 others
  • UN office says shares in Pakistan’s “shock and grief” over attack on place of prayer and learning

ISLAMABAD: Saudi Arabia has condemned Tuesday’s bombing in Pakistan on a religious seminary in which at least eight students were killed and more than 130 others injured. 

The bombing happened as a prominent religious scholar was delivering a lecture about the teachings of Islam in the main hall of the Jamia Zubairia madrassa, police told media, adding that initial investigations suggested the bomb went off minutes after someone left a bag at the school.

“We condemn and denounce the terrorist attack that took place in a religious school,” the Saudi Embassy in Islamabad said in a Twitter post. “We reiterate our rejection of these criminal acts that are inconsistent with all religious principles and all moral and human values.”

In a separate tweet, the embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Islamabad also condoled with Pakistan: 

“Shocked to learn the tragic blast in Peshawar city this morning, sincere condolences and sympathies to our brothers in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, wishing speedy recovery for the wounded, security and stability for the brotherly Pakistani people.”

The United Nations office in Pakistan said it shared in the “shock and grief” of the people of Pakistan. 

“We are appalled by this attack on children while they were in a place of prayer and learning,” the UN said in a statement.