Pakistan News: According to a report in Arab News, the Turkish TV series “Diriliş: Ertuğrul” will be broadcasted on Pakistan Television (PTV) shortly after being dubbed into Urdu. PTV has been granted rights for dubbing and screening it in Pakistan.
It was decided after a special request from Prime Minister Imran Khan, who recommended this popular TV series to all Pakistanis in October to promote true Islamic values and insisted on dubbing the TV series into Urdu.
The series is often referred to by fans as the Turkish “Game of Thrones”. It is set in Anatolia in the 13th century before the Ottoman Empire was created. It represents the struggle of Ertugrul Gazi, who was the father of the founder of the Ottoman Empire, Osman. It has been broadcasted in 60 other countries since its premiere on the Turkish TV channel ‘TRT 1’ in November 2014.
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM), Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan said, “We have taken this initiative as the prime minister wants to protect our social, cultural and religious norms. The Muslim world has its own cultural heritage and values, but we are looking into western ones.”
“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. It is also Prime Minister Imran Khan’s vision to share media content to counter Islamophobia and improve understanding of Islamic values.”, Awan said.
In September 2019, Prime Minister Imran Khan announced that the three countries Pakistan, Turkey, and Malaysia will jointly launch an English-language TV channel to fight Islamophobia spreading in the world. He said that the TV channel would be similar to the BBC, which will also highlight the problems faced by Muslims all over the world. He said, “The English channel would produce films on Muslim history to educate our own people and world; Issue of blasphemy would be properly contextualized; Muslims would be given a dedicated media presence.”
Our meeting in which we decided to set up a BBC type English language TV Channel that, apart from highlighting Muslim issues, will also fight Islamophobia. pic.twitter.com/GA6o15oJFH
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) September 30, 2019
Iftikhar Durrani, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Media Affairs also told on Twitter that Prime Minister Imran Khan has asked Pakistan Television (PTV) to broadcast the famous TV series ‘Ertugrul’ in Urdu.
Glorifying muslim Heroes and Islamic history , Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed PTV to air ‘Ertugrul’
— Iftikhar Durrani (@DuraniIftikhar) December 3, 2019
Shazia Sikander, the director of PTV for international relations and the head of the project also told that PTV has started dubbing ‘Ertugrul’ in Urdu after securing all dubbing and screening rights from Turkish channel TRT. She said, “PTV has got exclusive rights for dubbing and screening it in Pakistan.” She added that the series has entered the dubbing stage in PTV, and voice actors are being carefully selected to ensure that this historical drama attracts viewers.