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.

7 dead, several missing after mine collapses in Pakistan

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7 dead, several missing after mine collapses in Pakistan

  • Laborers were working in Buner when they got trapped in the rubble
  • KP chief minister has directed authorities to expedite the search and rescue operations

ISLAMABAD: At least seven laborers were killed and several others went missing after a marble mine collapsed in the Buner district of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Saturday, media reports said.

KP Chief Minister Mahmood Khan said he has directed authorities in the area to expedite the search and rescue operations and extract those trapped in the rubble.

“We stand with the affected families in this hour of grief,” CM Khan said in a tweet posted on Sunday.

CM Khan’s special assistant, Riaz Khan, visited the area on Saturday and said that rescuers were working round the clock to expedite the process, adding that those killed and injured in the incident had been moved to the main district hospital in Buner.

Buner is a mountainous district which is adjacent to the Swat valley and famous for its marble mines.