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.


123 passengers on in-bound flight from Saudi test virus positive

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123 passengers on in-bound flight from Saudi test virus positive

  • The federal government recently relaxed quarantine rules for incoming passengers to expedite repatriation process
  • Sindh government spokesperson says every passenger landing at Karachi airport will be tested

KARACHI: Sindh government’s spokesperson Murtaza Wahab said on Thursday that 123 people on an in-bound flight from Saudi Arabia have tested positive for COVID-19 out of the 246 aboard Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane.
“We have started tracing the passengers,” he told Arab News. “Teams of the Sindh health department will visit these people, ask them about their symptoms and see if they can isolate themselves at homes or need to be given help.”
He said that despite “the federal government’s directives require to test those with symptoms only,” all the passengers on the said flight were tested for the infectious disease.
“We will conduct tests of all those landing at the Karachi International Airport from different destinations from across the globe and will share the results,” he added.
Pakistan’s virus tally on Thursday surpassed China’s, which was a virus hotbed in the region, where the first coronavirus case was reported in Wuhan in December last year.
Pakistan’s nationwide tally crossed 85,000 whereas China, according to the John Hopkins University, has recorded a little more than 84,000 cases.
Around 20,000 passengers are scheduled to arrive in at different international airports of Pakistan through 79 flights departing from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, China, Canada, Bahrain, Mauritania, Qatar and other countries between June 2 and June 10, according to the government’s COVID-19 official website.
“Starting from today, passengers will be tested on arrival & sent home for self-isolation without having to wait for test results. They’ll be added to the Track & Trace system & provincial governments will be able to follow up to ensure health & safety of passengers & the public,” Dr. Moeed Yusuf, the Prime Minister’s special assistant on national security, said in a tweet on Tuesday after a National Coordination Committee meeting that relaxed the rules to speed up the repatriation process.
“As suggested by the PM yesterday, we have been able to further increase the number of inbound passengers per week through expediting the testing process – with 20,000 passengers planned for repatriation by 10th June, up from approx. 10,000 in the previous phase,” he said in another tweet.
Yusuf did not respond to a request by Arab News to comment on the situation. However, the Sindh government spokesperson said that the provincial health minister, Dr. Azra Pechuho, had resisted the idea of relaxing the rules in the previous National Coordination Committee meeting. According to the rules in the past, the passengers had to stay at quarantine centers until their test results arrived.
“The previous policy to quarantine was good but it has now been changed and the Sindh government will follow the new rules,” Wahab said, adding that his government would, however, continue to test everyone whether they showed symptoms or not.
“We won’t quarantine but will test everyone. Those testing positive will be traced, checked and given medical treatment,” he said.
Asked if this specific flight had lager number of COVID-19 cases, Wahab said that tests of inbound passengers from other flights would also be carried out and the provincial administration would share their results.