Turkish drama series ‘Ertugrul Ghazi’ wins hearts of Pakistani fans
Ertuğrul Ghazi, a Turkish historical fiction drama series, has become quite popular with people of Pakistan after state-run Pakistan Television (PTV) started airing it on the directives of Prime Minister Imran Khan.
The first episode of the show was viewed by millions of people across Pakistan on PTV Home’s YouTube channel, a statement issued by PTV said.
According to a public survey, Dirilis Ertugrul or ‘Ertugrul Ghazi’ was equally popular among children, adults and women in Pakistan, which was evident from social media trends.
The statement said, the number of daily phone calls, emails and other messages being received by the PTV is another proof of its popularity.
The story of ‘Ertugrul’ is based on the ascendance of Muslims in the 12th Century, their quests and great deeds.
Shortly after the 45-minute long first episode was broadcast, #ErtugrulUrduPTV was trending with viewers welcoming the series as they shared “scenes” from the first episode on social media.
“Great initiative taken by PMIK [Prime Minister Imran Khan] to make the younger generation know the magnificent and historical past of the Muslims. Indeed a visionary leader,” wrote Twitter user Dr Uzair Noor.
“Every Muslim feels proud of Ertugrul series irrespective of the nationality,” a Pakistani citizen reflecting on the series told Anadolu Agency.
Turkey-Pakistan Parliamentary group Chairman and Justice and Development (AK) Party lawmaker Ali Sahin thanked Khan for the launch of the series for an Urdu-speaking audience.
“In the name of our nation I kindly thank to The Prime Minister @ImranKhanPTI and @PTVHomeOfficial for airing @DirilisDizisi [Ertugrul Gazi] in Urdu,” said Sahin, who studied in Pakistan and speaks Urdu.
PTV management took to Twitter to thank viewers.
“Dear PTV viewers, the PTV management would like to thank you for the most encouraging feedback for Episode 1, and for making it the TopTrend on Twitter Pakistan!,” it said.
Turkey, Pakistan and Malaysia agreed last September to fight the rising global trend of Islamophobia, mainly in the West.
The trio of nations decided to launch a television channel dedicated to confronting challenges posed by Islamophobia and to produce films on Muslim heroes.
The drama has been dubbed by PTV on the directive of Prime Minister Imran Khan to enlighten the Pakistani youth about the past glory of Muslims.