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Imran Khan is binge-watching Ertuğrul during Covid, recommending Turkish shows to Pakistanis


To say that Pakistan’s roots lie in India is borderline blasphemy. We are the first Arabs or Turks. So it’s not a surprise that Pakistanis have localized Ertuğrul.

One has to feel for the leaders trying to contain the spread of coronavirus or worrying about their country’s position in the new world order that the current pandemic will create in its aftermath. Because in a parallel universe, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is binge-watching Turkish drama serials and giving us recommendations.
Oh, the luxury of someone else running the country for you.
Imran Khan is smitten by the period drama Diriliş: Ertuğrul, upon which he has showered lavish praise, much to the dismay of Pakistani filmmakers who crave for their PM to promote their projects. But Imran Khan’s love for the historical-adventure series, which has been billed as a ‘Turkish Game of Thrones’, is cultural.
He says “our children and youth” should watch Ertuğrul, so that they can learn to differentiate between the real Islamic culture and the “third-hand” one that reaches Pakistan via Hollywood and Bollywood. “It (the Turkish show) also has romance, history… (and) has Islamic values.” That was a five-star review from the PM, and Turkey duly noted it.
But wait, don’t be so quick to tune into your Bollywood or Hollywood favourite after dutifully watching Diriliş: Ertuğrul. The PM has another Turkish serial recommendation for you — Yunus Emre: Aşkin Yolculuğu. If you are too American to mind the subtitles, then the PM has decided to get the show dubbed in Urdu. In time, he will have more suggestions.
Sharing Islamic history with Turk Ertuğrul
So, what’s the fuss about Diriliş: Ertuğrul? Titled Ghazi Ertuğrul, the dubbed version of the show running on Pakistan Television is based on the life of 12th century Oghuz Turk, Ertuğrul (whose son Osman Gazi founded the Ottoman Empire). The series documents the valour of Muslim Oghuz Turks fighting and invading the Mongols, Christians and the Knights Templars in Anatolia. The show is a hit among period-adventure buffs in many countries. In Pakistan, it knocked PM Khan’s socks off because of what he often describes as ‘a shared Islamic history’ (if at all there is such a thing). Ever since his promotional speech, Ertuğrul has been creating waves in Pakistan.
But is the latest craze good for a country whose people are perpetually embroiled in discussions, debates and confusion over who their national heroes are? All that the show does is add another entry to the list: Ghazi Ertuğrul. Only last week Pakistanis were trying to choose between Muhammad bin Qasim and Raja Dahir.
Even though we revere the Afghan emperors — we named our nuclear missiles Ghauri, Abdali and Ghaznavi after them — we still smear Pashtuns who take pride in their Afghan heritage. To say that Pakistan’s roots lie in India is borderline blasphemy, for we are first Arabs or Turks and only then Pakistanis. In the national discourse, heritage is a blurred line and the idea of shared religious history has many takers.
So it doesn’t come as a surprise that Pakistanis have owned Ertuğrul. Guess what, now Ertuğrul will free Kashmir for them. Basically, we just need someone else to do our work and then bask in its glory once it’s done.

In the company of Ertuğrul

Like they say, no publicity is bad, so the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government is hell-bent on promoting Imran Khan as Pakistan’s Ertuğrul. Not that Khan sahib himself has to fight political opponents and invade hidden adversaries; most of his work is done by those who actually run the country. But this is 2020, and Ertugrul has to be on the same page as his selectors.
Taking the matter a bit too far was Ali Muhammad Khan, state minister of parliamentary affairs, who tweeted a photo praying to Allah to bring back the ‘golden era of Muslims’. In the photo, Imran Khan (as Ertuğrul) was flocked by Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and DG ISI Faiz Hameed. Other ministers were in the background. The post was taken down as some thought the order of men in the poster might not be what it perhaps is in reality.
After constant calls for donating to the PM’s relief fund, it seems promoting Turkish serials is the only job left for the PTI government.

Not a Turkish Delight

It is not for the first time that a Turkish serial has been dubbed for Pakistani audiences. In 2012, Turkish drama Ishq-e-Mamnoon (Ask-i Memnu)  or ‘The Forbidden Love’ became a rage in the country. The story revolving around a modern family and incestuous relationships changed the dynamics of viewership. Turks dressed in Western clothes with modern outlook were a revelation for Pakistani viewers. Similarly, Mera Sultan (Muhtesem Yüzyil), an extravagant historical show, or a low-budget Fatima Gul, about the life of a gang-rape survivor, changed the landscape of drama industry. Turkish productions were banned soon after because of local industry opposition.
Like then, even now local artists aren’t happy about Pakistan importing foreign dramas and not promoting its own serials, considering how Pakistani dramas have been loved and watched by people in the country and elsewhere. Actor Shan Shahid expressed his concern about PM Imran Khan  promoting and helping import Turkish serials instead of empowering local talent and own national heroes.
While everyone is free to watch any content they wish to, it is somewhat problematic when the government promotes foreign serials, and uses public broadcaster to push a myopic sense of belonging.
Pakistanis have taken Ertuğrul’s history to heart and genuinely started believing that the 12th century Turk belongs to them. If the Instagram moral policing of leading actors is anything to go by, then Halime Hatun is Halima baji now and Astaghfirullah she needs to behave like a Muslim woman from the 12th century.
And just in case you miss it, Ertuğrul is hanging out with his dog. How is that even possible, bro? Don’t you know dogs are haram in Islam? But Pakistanis don’t care about all that. As Imran Khan once told us that he is “half Muhajir”, his followers have taken it a notch higher — they are on their way to becoming ‘full Ertuğrul’.

Bilawal Bhutto Advises to Announce Special Packages for the Healthcare workers

On Wednesday, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari praised the services of the front line workers to fight the deadly virus. Moreover, he asked the federal government to announce special packages for health professionals.

He advised the government to convert the federal budget into a corona budget. The whole world is in a state of war nowadays and to tackle the situation many of the developed countries are utilizing part of their GDP to fight against coronavirus.
The Asian Development Fund (ADF), G-20, and IMF (International Monetary Fund) all provided financial aid to Pakistan to fight through this crucial situation. Chairman PPP says that the federal government needs to focus on the economy of the entire country.
Both member National Assembly and PPP (Pakistan People’s Party) Chairman carried a specific assembly session in which they charged serious blames on the federal government mainly stressing upon the ranks to tackle the danger.
Bilawal Bhutto stated that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has been the worst hit with the coronavirus. The province claims that the province is testing the least number of people and the death count is increasing day by day which is extremely worrying.

پاکستان پیپلز پارٹی کا آٹا چینی بحران کی رپورٹ منظرعام پر لانے کا مطالبہ

پاکستان پیپلز پارٹی نے آٹا چینی بحران کی رپورٹ منظرعام پر لانے کا مطالبہ کرتے ہوئے کمیشن پر اثر انداز ہونے کی خبروں پر تشویش کا اظہار کردیا۔ پیپلز پارٹی کی مرکزی سیکرٹری اطلاعات نفیسہ شاہ نے خدشے کا اظہار کرتے ہوئے کہا ہے کہ جہانگیر ترین اور خسرو بختیار سمیت تمام قریبی لوگوں کو بچانے کا سلسلہ شروع ہو چکا ہے۔ نفیسہ شاہ کا اپنے جاری ایک بیان میں کہنا تھا کہ کمیشن پر اثرانداز ہونے کی خبروں سے اپوزیشن کے خدشات درست ثابت ہو رہے ہیں۔ پیپلز پارٹی کا شروع سے موقف رہا ہے کہ آٹا چینی رپورٹ کا کوئی نتیجہ نہیں نکلے گا بلکہ اپنے لوگوں کو بچانے کا لئے ہر ممکن کوشش کی جائیگی۔ کمیشن پر اثرانداز ہونے کی خبریں ہمارے خدشات کو درست ثابت کرتی ہیں۔

 ان کا کہنا تھا کہ اپوزیشن رہنماوں کو بنا ثبوتوں کے جیلوں میں ڈالا دیا جاتا ہے جبکہ حکومتی ارکان کے نام اسکینڈل میں آنے سے فرانزک ٹیسٹ کا بہانا بناکر رعایت دینے کے راستے تلاش کئے جاتے ہیں۔ معاملے میں تاخیر جہانگیر ترین اور خسرو بختیار کو بچانے کا بہانہ ہے۔ ان کا کہنا تھا کہ پیپلزپارٹی معاملے کو دبنے نہیں دے گی، آٹا چینی بحران کی رپورٹ جلد منظرعام پر لاکر ذمہ داران کو قانون کے کٹہرے میں لایا جائے۔