WATCH: ‘Arabs won’t like it’, Fawad Ch comments on Diriliş: Ertuğrul’s popularity in Pakistan
“The popular drama series is based more on Turkish history than Islamic history."- Fawad Chaudhry
The Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Fawad Hussain Chaudhry, has expressed his displeasure with the Turkish drama series Diriliş: Ertuğrul being aired on PTV.
During an interview with a private TV Channel, the Minister said, “The popular drama series is based more on Turkish history than Islamic history.”
The Minister added, “We should make dramas on our history, but many Pakistanis do not believe in the pre-1947 history.”
”Arabs won’t like it”
“Arabs presumably won’t like Turkish drama gaining popularity in Pakistan,” Chaudhry said.
However, Pakistanis do not agree with the Federal Minister. Since its airing on April the 25th, the Turkish drama has broken all viewership records in Pakistan.
The official YouTube channel, ‘TRT Ertugrul by PTV,’ has more than 3.6 million subscribers in less than 30 days. Similarly, the channel is making new viewership records, with each episode getting 3 million views on average.
The serial was a personal recommendation of the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, who, during a public meeting last year, had endorsed the fact that every Pakistani should watch Ertugrul to learn about Islamic history.
However, people like Fawad Chaudhry believe that the Turkish serial is creating an identity crisis among Pakistanis.
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