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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.


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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.


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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.


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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’.

The author is a freelance journalist from Pakistan. Her Twitter handle is @nailainayat. Views are personal.

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  1. Ok..lets go deep into it and tell me who is the first person born on this earth and what was his/her religion? Answer me with proofs not stories…as i know everyone are converted or accepted their religion no one came with tappa (pk)…whatever our roots are…if i go deep into that then i don’t find any perfect answer for that..so whatever i am today and i am proud of that…again don’t go to roots if u want then came from beginning with proofs not stories…

  2. So Imran Khan and Pakistanis whose ancestors in Indus Valley civilization lived in planned cities 5000 years ago and traded as far as Mesopotamia want to feel proud of goat-herding turks who lived in tents even 500 years ago. Ridiculous!

  3. Isn’t this the power of Ertughral that liberals are writing hundreds of pages about the serial. They r promoting Ertughral too.

  4. Dear Ms Inayat
    You have interesting observations, but views are rather myopic. PM’s suggestion to his nation to take inspiration from Eurtugral is one of the million things, he is doing this nation to get out of infertility complex. While a few, have shown concern, but overwhelming response of general public needs no further explanation for our love for Muslims regardless of there caste, creed and religion.
    You may ask your Indian friends, why Gandhi particapated in Khilafat Movement on behalf of Muslims? Why he refused to follow a local Muslim leader – Jinnah? Why he did not stand for Muslims in Kashmir? Why he did not object to injustices done by boundary commission?
    The list goes on…..
    Pakistanis respect personalities from Sub-continent including Gokhlay, Sir Gangaram, Tegore, Raja Rajmohan Rai, Tilak, Ramonjan, Homi Bhaba, Virat Kholi but embracing fanatics like Nehru, Patel, Indira, Modi and Sehwag would be a rather a far fetched proposition.
    You have named about Ghauri and Shaheen missiles, why Indian missiles are named Prithvi, Tirshul, and Agni! Why couldn’t they be named Tipu, Haider, or Alamgir.
    Please think logically, India is a fanatic Hindu country, nothing more and nothing less. Lynching of Muslims is quite common in India, why don’t you write about the rape capital of the world (Dehli)?
    Next time ask your Indian friends to write about Ghazi Ilamdin Shaheed, a hero from western side of border. Let’s check tolerance to such blasphemy in India.
    Two Indian politicians lost their political constituency in India for praising Quaid e Azam. You talk about Pakistan, it baffles me.
    Pakistan is a very hospitable country, even Abhinandan endorsed it by calling our tea “fantastic”.
    We are a predominately a Muslim country, we are proud of Muslims who work for Muslims’ cause.
    Regardless of what you say, Pakistanis are not going to stop watching Eurtugral.
    Pakistan Zindabad
    Best Regards

    • Mr billal’s comment is shows his biasedness & prejudiced views towards India. And also indicates his rotten mindset comparing prithvi, trishul or Agni to ghazni or so, who were Invaders to present day Pakistan.
      And of course before 1300-1400 years back, his root too came from same Indian Hindu root & not from Turk or Arabs. Plz check it.

    • Bilal, why do you keep saying “your Indian friends”? There is no mention of Indian friends by the author. So why did you introduce this? Wait a minute, is that your way of saying the author is not really Pakistani, because her views on a TV show and the prime minister are different than yours? So according to you all Pakistanis think exactly alike and support the same things, like to robots? Your views are myopic so maybe you should not judge others.

  5. s, she’s been paid by kafir to undermine Pakistan- why are kafir worried about this drama think people uhum ..AGENDA to make Pakistani youth watch Hollywood &Bollywood crap and so we lose our identity..may Allah protect the Muslim ummah.

  6. Lol while india is jealous with pakistani relations with turkey and the PM IK promoting or watching turkish history. The Muslim world have been taken by storm with these series and ur media will keep reporting sarcastically meanwhile muslims will gain some content by learning about their history! What u guys have done can be called racism because there are dozens of tv series made by Indian drama industry about ur religious events but not even a single muslim defamed it . We know how to respect every religion and know how to be peaceful within ours. It won’t stop us from watching praising it and above all reciting our Quran which has all the greatest revelations and events from the past about which we cant make movies cus we are not allowed to but ertugrul is a one fine contribution towards the historic lifestyle of muslims.

  7. What a biased article.
    With clear intentions to degrade pakistan.
    Lol , that’s all you can do anyway coz you don’t have the guts to question modi.

  8. What a biased article.
    With clear intentions to degrade pakistan.
    Lol , that’s all you can do anyway coz you don’t have the guts to question modi.

  9. What a biased article.
    With clear intentions to degrade pakistan.
    Lol , that’s all you can do anyway coz you don’t have the guts to question modi.

  10. Irony is .. Pakistan does not have role models for their youths … their honeymoon with the Arab ideology is over..hence importing the Turkish ideology showing them as suave and with modern outlook is what Imran is striving for..poor chap has more time watching the soap operas ..and Army managing day to day affairs…and army readily preparing a script to read for enactment before his poor countrymen, who are a confused lot

  11. Turkish serials are a delight. I watched muhtesem yuzyil with english subtitles ( both Hurrem and Kosem) and was captivated by them. But I think other Turks were resentful of Ottomans and same is true of other muslim nationalities who were under subjugation. Ottomans also appeared to trust European slaves for administration.

  12. It seems the Print will publish anything and everything anti Pakistani, written supposedly by a Pakistani and to top it off with a Muslim name, very convenient.
    As the inferiority complex among bakhts increases they further attack Muslims in India and outside, As a Pakistani I am secure in my identity, my language is Urdu but at the same time it could be punjabi, saraiki, pushto etc but the language of my faith is Arabic, just as in India there are hundreds of languages yet Hindu religious text is in Sanskrit.
    this piece of writing if it could in any way be regarded as such is non sensical, if anything it merely shows a fear by the western and Indian centric lobby that Pakistani society may shift away from trash that is been coming out of bollywood and Hollywood, this is not to say that bollywood and Hollywood at one did produce good entertaintainment stories, but nowadays it’s more about showing more flesh and less about the story.
    I applaud the the PM for suggesting the dubbing and airing of Ertugrul on PTV, it’s a marvellous story, well acted and it’s a story about trials and tribulations of the Kayo tribe,.
    It seems Miss,Mrs, or what gender or religion the writer is, although prolific in writing for the Print profilific writing doesn’t convey a quality of writing, but rather in all the articles published by the Print by ‘Naila’, they have been anti Muslim and anti Pakistani, to this day Indians have not accepted the creation of Pakistan from British India and this form of writing and attacking Pakistan merely reinforces the hatred of Muslims by Hindus, with the coming into power of the bjp.
    Indians rather the majority of the population have voted for a right wing Hindu extremist party which is anti Muslim and anti Christian.
    Yet the Print and this writer have the gaul and tenacity of accusing the Pakistani government and society of religious bigotry, it is in India where the Hindu extremists get away with lynching and murder of Muslims in daylight in front of the police, The police are protected by the bjp for their inaction,. It is not Pakistan that has an identity crisis on the contrary it’s India and the hundreds of millions of bakhts that have voted for the bjp,
    Mrs, Miss, Mr or whatever or whoever you are ‘Naila Inayat’, I don’t mean to be disparaging but your writings only further my desire to see a myriad of foreign dramas being dubbed into Urdu and aired on PTV

    • dont watch too many Pakistani news channels they all say democracy is in danger in india your country is about to be swalloed by chinese in just another 10 years mark my words

  13. 1. Why are authors from The Print claiming they are Pakistani Citizens ? As far as I know, The Print is an India media house.
    2. And why are you so concerned about a Turkish TV show being popular in Pakistan ? It’s a just a TV show, it’s good entertainment. So many punjabi and bollywood movies have been popular in Pakistan, no one asked ‘why’ at that time !Specially Veer-Zara.
    3. India also aired it’s old TV serials like Ramayana and Mahabharata as it’s a good distraction to people who have been sitting at home.
    4. You don’t have to worry about whether it will promote ‘Islamic’ barbarism in Society. I never heard that Game of Thrones lead to brutal murder, sword fight or trial by combat.
    5. Please engage in good journalism. This piece looks like whining by a little girl upset about a TV serial. I expect better from you guys, specially when you have started taking contributions from your viewers…

  14. Actors and actresses are not responsible to carry the roles in their personal lives apart from performing on-screen. We hope for responsible views from The Print. Thank you.

  15. what is special and every muslim to watch is the differentiation of values even within the umma. We must all perceiviour to exemplify the good values of Arthural. It’s not only Islamic, but humanely. Pakistan is part of this wide umma and all good muslim values around the world should be promoted.

  16. Sad . What a waste of time reading this sardonic article.
    انا للہ و انا الیہ راجعون.
    Going to unsubscribe right away.

  17. u feel bad as u has been converted from Hindus religion. that wave was for believers but u feels a little short after conversion the topic was not of religion but the actual culture custom and rule of Islam which is been misleaded by modern Islamists. U feel happy if it had been imported from US or Europe of India but it is Turkish as co religious country is a problem . a typical moderate thinking. realise ur existence in will get answer.

  18. I envy him for having so much Faltoo time to binge watch anything.
    Ahh, he has not to work.Easy money comes from friendly masters and narcotics.

  19. Pakistani and to be fair All Indian Subcontinent Muslims suffer with deep inferiority complex and Identity crises. This is the problem, why? Because they are FOURTH GRADE CONVERTS whose forefathers were cowards and could not fight invaders and adopted their religion in the process. Regarding some comments on Shaikh/Syed. All are fake local converts as per blood test and history. Some example Iqbal was from Shaikh but we are know his grandfather was a Hindu from Sapru Clan. Complete Deep Inferiority complex in Pakistan.

  20. Poor Imran. He is neither here or there. He realised governing the mullas and terrorists is not easy like leading cricket team. Naya Pakistan under Imran is worse than Old Pakistan.

  21. It seems the Print will publish anything and everything anti Pakistani, written supposedly by a Pakistani and to top it off with a Muslim name, very convenient.
    As the inferiority complex among bakhts increases they further attack Muslims in India and outside, As a Pakistani I am secure in my identity, my language is Urdu but at the same time it could be punjabi, saraiki, pushto etc but the language of my faith is Arabic, just as in India there are hundreds of languages yet Hindu religious text is in Sanskrit.
    this piece of writing if it could in any way be regarded as such is non sensical, if anything it merely shows a fear by the western and Indian centric lobby that Pakistani society may shift away from trash that is been coming out of bollywood and Hollywood, this is not to say that bollywood and Hollywood at one did produce good entertaintainment stories, but nowadays it’s more about showing more flesh and less about the story.
    I applaud the the PM for suggesting the dubbing and airing of Ertugrul on PTV, it’s a marvellous story, well acted and it’s a story about trials and tribulations of the Kayo tribe,.
    It seems Miss,Mrs, or what gender or religion the writer is, although prolific in writing for the Print profilific writing doesn’t convey a quality of writing, but rather in all the articles published by the Print by ‘Naila’, they have been anti Muslim and anti Pakistani, to this day Indians have not accepted the creation of Pakistan from British India and this form of writing and attacking Pakistan merely reinforces the hatred of Muslims by Hindus, with the coming into power of the bjp.
    Indians rather the majority of the population have voted for a right wing Hindu extremist party which is anti Muslim and anti Christian.
    Yet the Print and this writer have the gaul and tenacity of accusing the Pakistani government and society of religious bigotry, it is in India where the Hindu extremists get away with lynching and murder of Muslims in daylight in front of the police, The police are protected by the bjp for their inaction,. It is not Pakistan that has an identity crisis on the contrary it’s India and the hundreds of millions of bakhts that have voted for the bjp,
    Mrs, Miss, Mr or whatever or whoever you are ‘Naila Inayat’, I don’t mean to be disparaging but your writings only further my desire to see a myriad of foreign dramas being dubbed into Urdu and aired on PTV.

    • Ertugrul Ghazi has viewership far exceeding any national or foreign tv drama or movie. I would say that the production companies should take heed, because this shows that a very large section of Pakistani society (60+%) don’t want to watch the usual crap that seems to copy Indian or western dramas.

    • Inferiority complex and Identity crises are trade mark of Pakistanis who fake their identity. Go read what is meaning of inferiority complex.

    • Your country is Islamic Republic and you kidnap small girls of Non-Muslims. Be thankful that Hindus , Sikhs etc are not retaliating in the same coin ( like kidnapping & converting girls) to Islamic followers.

  22. I want to see the brothers and sisters of Pak India Bangla one day sit in a table. Erase all the past. Throw away all the weapon and hostility. Join hand together to make a strong group of 130+22+20 cr. Develop all sorts of things to rule the world. And where we will have no hatred,no fighting etc. This is the prayer to Allah and Ram. Then no US or Chinese weapon will tear the chest of ours.

    • Keep your dhimmitude with you. Islamists have to be shown their place, which is punishment for their sins

  23. Dear Ms Inayat
    You have interesting observations, but views are rather myopic. PM’s suggestion to his nation to take inspiration from Eurtugral is one of the million things, he is doing this nation to get out of infertility complex. While a few, have shown concern, but overwhelming response of general public needs no further explanation for our love for Muslims regardless of there caste, creed and religion.
    You may ask your Indian friends, why Gandhi particapated in Khilafat Movement on behalf of Muslims? Why he refused to follow a local Muslim leader – Jinnah? Why he did not stand for Muslims in Kashmir? Why he did not object to injustices done by boundary commission?
    The list goes on…..
    Pakistanis respect personalities from Sub-continent including Gokhlay, Sir Gangaram, Tegore, Raja Rajmohan Rai, Tilak, Ramonjan, Homi Bhaba, Virat Kholi but embracing fanatics like Nehru, Patel, Indira, Modi and Sehwag would be a rather a far fetched proposition.
    You have questioned the names of Ghauri and Shaheen missiles, why Indian missiles are named Prithvi, Tirshul, and Agni! Why couldn’t they be named Tipu, Haider, or Alamgir.
    Please think logically, India is a fanatic Hindu country, nothing more and nothing less. Lynching of Muslims is quite common in India, why don’t you write about the rape capital of the world (Dehli)?
    Next time ask your Indian friends to write about Ghazi Ilamdin Shaheed, a hero from western side of border. Let’s check tolerance to such blasphemy in India.
    Two Indian politicians lost their political constituency in India for praising Quaid e Azam. You talk about Pakistan, it baffles me.
    Pakistan is a very hospitable country, even Abhinandan endorsed it by calling our tea “fantastic”.
    We are a predominately a Muslim country, we are proud of Muslims who work for Muslims’ cause.
    Regardless of what you say, Pakistanis are not going to stop watching Eurtugral.
    Pakistan Zindabad
    Best Regards

    • Your fanaticism shows up from your ranting. No doubt You Islamist worst terrorist not to be fit to be called Humans. Prithvi, Trishul, Agni etc are elements not based on any ruler. Tipu or Alamgir was a terrorists , for common man and we don’t glorify terrorists

    • Ilimdin- glorifying a terrorist who killed innocents. Shame on you and you have the guts to call others as terrorist.

    • Trishul Agni Prithvi are nouns in the languages of the subcontinent. India is using genuine pride with its identity. Those names are not hindu or muslim. They are nouns that are same even in punjabi and sindhi languages. Pakistanis borrow arabic or persian words and call them their own. That’s stooping so low in self esteem.

      Also, naming their missiles after turkish invaders like ghazni ghori again is doing injustice to pakistanis themselves. Ghazni Ghori devastated afghanistan and pakistan. They did a blood bath in afghanistan and pakistan. Countless pashtuns and punjabis were massacred and a vast number of pashtuns and punjabis were taken as slaves to persia and uzbekistan. And today pashtuns and punjabis are proud of their turkish invaders and name missiles. Very humiliating to themselves.

      Formation of pakistan is a great tragedy on humanity because millions of people were uprooted from a vast geographical area as a one time eviction based on religion. Shocking that was even allowed in this world.

  24. What a pretentious article written by half literate woman. India and Pakistan share everything from food, culture, language, names, surnames and common heritage. They are bruttaly converted from their Hindu and Buddhist roots. They have nothing in common with Turkey apart from the fact that they too follow Islam. That means if any Tribal leader who got converted to Christianity in India share same roots as someone who was converted to Christianity in Oceania? How cheesy and wannabe Pakistanis are and it only proves petty knowledge of this article owner.

  25. What a low life , pretentious article written by half literate woman. India and Pakistan share everything from food, culture, language, names, surnames and common heritage. They are bruttaly converted from their Hindu and Buddhist roots. They have nothing in common with Turkey apart from the fact that they too follow Islam. That means if any Tribal leader who got converted to Christianity in India share same roots as someone who was converted to Christianity in Oceania? How cheesy and wannabe Pakistanis are and it only proves shallow knowledge of this article owner.

  26. Naila Inaiyat actually want is Pakistanis esp. Muslims must get into insecurity by watching Bollywood movies like Bajirao Mastani, Panipat, Padmavaat, Tanhaji, Kesari .. and thousand other hindi films in which Muslims are villians & losers , Muslim women are rescued by Hindu men from bad muslim men.This is agenda of Sangh Parivar RSS organisation, & you know who will be frustrated if Muslims watch serials in which they are projected fair /good winners? Exactly

  27. Madam you please watch half naked vulgar dance from Indian films and watch intimidate sex scenes from American films in your house with your babies.. Good luck!

    • chances are that this writer ‘Nalaik ‘ is linked to that imbecile Tareq Fatty or is Tareq Fatty. How the Indians latch onto anyone that’s anti Muslim or Pakistani. Yet when an Indian speaks against the bakhts they accuse them of being anti national.

  28. Turkish serials are very well made. They do not highlight religion and fanatics…keeping religious practices in vogue. They are great story tellers…I find the trends leaning more towards regional Indian cinema rather than commercial bollywood. Pakistan itself has very good serials which shows there are more moderates than extremists that their PM is inclined.

  29. Ajeeb ho the print wat u want ro say.. Sickualr media..wat conceen wid series wid pakistan to turkish to us as indians…are u promoting islam are u a broker of it

  30. To say Pakistan roots lie in India is border blasphemy, we are first arabs and turks. If you can be soo stupid… Wow…. Tell me, why Pakistan culture is same as India, the language, the festivals, the dressing sense, why not like arab and turks… Just stop misleading…. Pakistanis were first Hindus who were converted by persians to Islam.

  31. محترمہ نائلہ عنایت کو بحیثیت صحافی یہ جاننا چاہئے کہ ان کاملک نظریہ کی بنیاد پر بنایا گیا واحد ملک ہےجو ہجرت اور محاجرین کے ڈریعہ بنا ہے۔ اس کی heritage علاقوں کی اور زبانوں کی بنیاد پر نہیں بنائی جا سکتی۔ اگر آپ ایسا کرینگے تو وہ اپنے ملک سے غداری کے مرتکب ہونگے۔ اور آپ لوگوں میں اتنا حوصلہ نہیں کہ اپ اپنے نظریہ کی بنیاد پر پہچان بنا سکتے۔

    • By sticking a Muslim name and writing in Urdu is a good propaganda tool. we are far more secure in our identity, worry about the difference in the northern and southern Indian states, a nation creation be the colonial power, a hitch porch of different languages and cultures as well as ethnicities and you have the tenacity to accuse pakistanis of not having a shared identity. Really?

    • a lie that your Sadhus came up with, the Muslim conversion came when the sufis came to South Asia, as the India we know today did not exist, at that that time there were many states so could you please get rid of this delusion of india as some monolithic state that has existed since time immemorial, even the name ‘india’ was concocted by the British, You are merely using the same language as used my white Christian supremacists, that Islam was spread by the sword, this has been debunked not just by historians but by the ground reality that there are large Christian communities in Egypt, Syria and Iraq to name a few, existing from a thousand years.
      The real question is what the Hindus did to the Buddhists and what you are doing against the minorities in India.

  32. Talking about local industry and producers and their projects, to be honest, be it Indian or Pakistani entertainment, it’s mostly filled with crap. Same stupidity lasting for years in dramas and movies, same year ishq mohabbat, villain, tallaq, thappar aur aur ashiq o mashooq, ghuma lhira ke wohi Baker topics. Indian movies moving around power of love, and love can anything, sure fill your tummy with love and give your food to someone, and then I will ask if you are satisfied. And Pakistani entertainment, filled with jagga, daako, villain, Shan ki moonchen, ajeeb se dance, and dramas filled with so much ‘creativity’. I must say this crap is really revolving around the same dot and more bullshit is coming out of these topics. Maybe it’s time for them to revive and think in new paradigms?

    Talking about dahir and Mohammad bin Qasim(rta), you are free t ok choose your heroes. This topic was bolstered by people who are not even local. Note the the origin of ‘Syed’ Murad Ali SHAH. I hope you know what I mean, or Google a bit about it.

    Talking about the originals before arabs came to sindh, who were Aryans? When they came to this region, destroyed local culture like gandhara, were did these aryans came from? So even local community person is not really local. 😀

    • Aryan bs is a theory not a fact. There is no proof on the ground And gandhara was a sub region. Destroyed gandhara ? By whom? 😂😂😂😂 Madrasa is full of illiteracy.

      And for Syed , his face shows how much Arab he is. Have blood test, Syeds in Indian subcontinent are fake wannabe Arab.

  33. Dear writer,

    A good article and not without flaws. A little dive into history reveals many things about the history of sub continent. A region where Islam came via arabs, then later came rulers dynasties originated from central Asian, afghan, Turks, persians etc. What was the language 1000 years ago? Saniskart or something else probably? What is the language today? Urdu as we call it in Pakistan or hindi as they call it in India. So even the word Urdu is a Turkish origin. Thousands of words in urdu/hindi used every day are either, turk or Persian or Arabic or even english as I can recall.
    Think about various communities or bradris, like, Shaikh, syed, Kakakhel, Yousafzai, Khan, etc. Where did they come from?
    Foods that you enjoy every day, where did the blend came from? Read some more history of India, about 200 years ago and get some knowledge about what kind of foods were eaten in those ages and where did the tikka, kebab worms Biryani concept came from? It is unfair to say that this region owns these, and now in the world, such dishes has become signature of indo-pak origin.

    Regarding your objection about mr PM promoting from a parallel world. You are making another outcry for something irrelevant. I have never seen a drama or a movie changing people’s lives. I am not saying this will help in freedom of Kashmir. Somethings are exaggerated on both sides, but you on the opposing playground just playing a strange role.

    It is okay to watch SaaS bhinkabhi babu thi for a decade but not ertugrul? Is it okay to watch fiction stories of CIA and FBI and superheroes but not something historic? And is it okay to watch a hindu pooja pat every morning but not anything reflecting something from history? Though this series has a lot fiction as well.

  34. The serial promoted by Imran Khan is Ghazi Ertugrul. What does the word Ghazi mean?

    A Ghazi is a Muslim soldier, especially one fighting against non-Muslims.

    This blatant endorsement of religion-based targeting of non-Muslims by political entities be it by a medieval king or a modern state is shocking.

    But the world media thinks it’s ok when leaders of Islamic states do it. Please note the difference between a Ghazi fights non-muslins just because they are non-muslims, from a kin defending his coutry or kingdom but without any overt targetting of followers of other religions.

    This ‘Ghazi’ idea is barbaric.

    • If you have any knowledge ghazi means conquerer , so do some research before comment such a thing lol I can’t stop laughing how can someone be as stupid as you

  35. this is rediculois! we are Indians! our ancestors changed their religion but we didn’t just become Arabs! try saying that to an Arab, they will laugh at you! at least have some pride. The ehsas-e-kamtari is breathtaking in this article.

  36. Dear naila.
    There are some corrections in your story piece. First it’s not 12th Century but 13th century. Also osman didn’t laid the foundation but it was Ertugrul ghazi who laid foundation of ottoman empire. He started it from sogut. Another thing this drama is actually good & worth the time . If you would have seen it then you would have known. Anyways

  37. Wo kaum jo apna itihaas hi nahi maanta..aur turkey k itihaas ko apna maanta hai…uska allah hi maalik hai😄

  38. Few secular , atheists and so call liberals of Pakistan are getting frustrated to see the success of Ertugral turkish Drama , world must not forget these few people have no roots in Pakistani society, we are Muslims first and than any thing else, We Muslim beleived in universal brotherhood ,Islam is our comming Love , We Love Salhideen Ayubi who was Kurdish, We love Mohammad bin Qasim who was arab, and We Love Ertugram who was Turkish, so must not mistaken or confused with nationality,

    • Yeah we truly saw that love in 1971 in Bangladesh,3 million killed and 1 million fellow muslims Raped.
      Your ex Pm calling them Swine.
      Aree doglon Tumharee koi limit hii nahi hai.
      You took money from king of Jordan and killed thousands of Palestinian under Zia ul haq.
      Tumhara Imman sirf aur sirf paisa hai, isliye Tumharee baap bhi budultee rahtee hein,jao beta China koo apnii ladkion koo supply karoo.

      • A ‘higher caste ‘ Hindu becomes unclean if an untouchable comes in contact with him/her, but the raping of an untouchable by a Brahmin, or kshastriya seems to be allowed. Please tell me since the inception of the caste system, a vile and evil system how many millions have and still are suffering because they were born into a certain caste, how many millions of women have been raped because Hindu text treats them less worthy that the cow. Are you going to deny this has been and still is going on today, are you going to deny that India has one of if not the highest number of rapes of women and children in the world.

      • She was being sarcastic. Pakistan is a mixture of many Nations, merging Middle East, Central Asian and Indian culture. India has contributed a lot to our Pakistani identity, no one denies that in Pakistan, but Pakistan is more than just an offshoot from India. It has its own unique regional traditions and experiences that only people that are currently living in Pakistan, evolved from. The written history goes all th3 way back to Indus Valley, Harrapa, Gandhara, Moenjo Daro civilizations. Pakistan is as complex or more complex than India, in some ways, due to its unique geographic location.

  39. To see such insecurities in Indian thinktank and such havoc in their writing skills is amazing. India was once part of Pakistan and this truth will never let indians live peacfully 🤣

    • Last I knew the writer is Pakistani.
      Enjoy what you want to see,but don’t deride others,yr chursii laundiyabaz PM is a big Rundibaz.
      Yad hai naa Harem shah aur uskee photo.
      Jao beta China koo apni ladkian supply karoo,kyonkii jab tuk China paise dee raha hai woh tumhara naya baap hai.

    • very true, also most northern Hindus consider themselves as Aryan, now the Aryan (not to be mixed up with the nazi fantasy) are from northern Iran and the steppes, so the conclusion is that even northern Indian hindus consider themselves outsiders, so the Timils and Aborignes (who have a darker complexion) can be thought of as being more south asian.

  40. Wonder why the author and the Indian media is so curious about what going on in Pakistan, can’t we turn to our own issues in this crisis.

  41. So chances are… if you were to run a 23&Me or Ancestory gene test it will show that going back 5 or 8th generation your DNA has Turkish links.

    Mine showed that… 6 years ago when I ran the test.

  42. One has to be a idiot to detach Pakistanis from Turks. The Delhi Sultanate which ruled India for 350 years was Turk. And today in Pakistan we have a lots of those people who are not local. We are from Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan, Central Asia and much more. The local Indians origin people are there also. So, as Islam is international and Pakistan is also very international. It’s totally unlike India and that was one reason to create Pakistan. And Indians should thank God , that Pakistan was created, otherwise these people would have taken over India once again. So now relax and be happy. Don’t worry what Pakistan watches .

    • The writer is a pakistani if I knew correctly.Watch what you like or become what you want,problem is yr chursii Laundiyabaz Pm is on a high all the time.He gave lextures about Fahasii,so what exactly was he doing with Hareem Shah and co who later got access to even your foreign office.
      We are indeed greatfull that you seperated,waise kitnee baap budlogee bhai,jo paise detta hai usko hii apnaa baap bunna lete ho,jao China ko apni ladkian supply karoo joh tumhara present baap hai.

  43. While it’s important to improve local entertainment standards, there’s no harm in using good content from a friendly n Muslim country. I hv not seen such severe rebuttals on any forum against the other series mentioned here, may be bcz they do not convey Islamic values. Moreover, what’s being made to be aired is usually dictated by the audience, n we really need to findour center again.. Whether someone agrees or not, this is Islamic history and we do belong to them in one or another way. If someone compares us with English or American people, we feel proud but relating ertugrul ghazi leads to identity crisis.. Such is the state of our patriotism and devotion.

  44. Yes…it must be very painful for the mental slaves like you who loves your tv screens beaming naked Bollywood dances in your home but is so offended by a historical drama because the hero is a Muslim. Go watch Maha Basharat.

  45. Mr , president sahab yah drama dekhne ki umra nahin hai. Dekhna hai to Nayak film dekhiae Bollywood ki jismein anil Kapoor ek din ka CM bana hai. Yah Pakistan hai yahan log laton ke bhoot baton se nahin mante.take the action.

  46. The only thing common between Turks, Arabs, and Pakis is that they do not have a single military victory among them.

    • Do u remember?? Death of Santa at the hands of Babur? Babur was a turk….Don’t you remember death of Raja Dahir at the hands of Arabs? Don’t u remember death of chahuhaan at the hands of Ghaznawi?…..more …….!!leave it…!

  47. I thought Imran Khan is a progressive and whatever be might his equation with India he’ll take Pakistan forward. But IK is taking Pakistan to ancient Arabia. Good luck IK I hope you succeed in fulfilling Zia Ul Haq’s incomplete mission.

  48. Pakistanis should be thankful they got Imran Khan as a PM.
    All this so called paid Pakistanis humiliating the PM are infact making fool of themselves in front of the whole world.
    I myself is watching Ertuğrul and the whole Muslims around the world should watch it.
    What’s wrong in recommending a true history from which Muslims can learn lessons.
    It proves Imran khan is a intelligent man by recommending such a marvellous show in a situation like now , where this show will prove very help ful for the ummah.
    So what if it’s from turkey isn’t the whole Muslims world is one and we are one. Nothing wrong in importing something from our brothers if it’s beneficial for the country men.
    The very important point here is the shoe itself speak about Muslims who for their benefits can even go to any length destroying their own people and religion.
    Today the Pakistanis who are against Imran khan are the people who are paid from inside and outside Pakistan to bring down Imran khan because he is the one who is promising and given opportunity will change Pakistan.
    Any ways I hope this do called thinkers were very happy during the reign of corrupt Bhutto musharraf shariffs who brought shame not only to Pakistanis but the entire Muslim communities around the world.
    If I am asked for opinion I will recommend all this disgraceful people should be sentence to rigourous punishment for helping to destroy Pakistan.

  49. When people don’t have anything to do at present and have no vision for the future they tend to get carried away by the past. Imran Khan is no exception.

  50. The incestuous dream of Pakistan that they are Turks or Arabs is just that: a wet dream. I have seen Arabs treat Pakistanis very poorly in UAE so this is very interesting. Turks consider Pakistanis as less than condemnable, so this is even more interesting. This shows a Pakistani psyche which is seriously delusional and compromised. The more obvious fact is that Pakistanis are Hindus converted by the sword to Islam. This is why Pakistanis are nowhere; Pakistanis deny who they are and they can NEVER become what they want to be eg Ertugrul !!!! Na Ghar ka, na Ghat ka. Similar to the Kashmir wet dream: Going…. Going….GONE!!!! Best wishes. Dr Sandeep Parmar

  51. The ignorance of the writer is astounding. Such exaggerated terms ‘borderline blasphemy’. Seems to think as if a different people just because some Turks came and invaded the region…in historical times.

  52. For decades we have watched Bollywood and Hollywood, now please let us watch this magnificent drama in peace.
    The Mullahs criticized content from West and in a similar tone you are criticizing Ertugral.

  53. It should be noted that not all the actors from the series are Muslim. Esra Bilcig is Orthodox Christian. Engin Altan is (supposedly) also Christian. So how they behave in real life is not reflection on a character they played in a series ‘once upon a time’.

  54. Both Pakistan and India were forced into science and modernity by the English colonization of the subcontinent for almost three centuries
    Every thing these nations have is either borrowed from.West or some stupid Initialization or Pakistanoztion of Western thoughts in all.fields from.art.to.scienve

  55. Madam. Your starting line is egregiously ignorant – the roots of India are actually in Pakistan. The Indus Valley civilization which is the origin of all the people of the subcontinent, indeed even the name India is from the Indus River. The Vedas were written by a people that still inhabited the Northern part of the Indus River. Please don’t confuse the history of India with the post colonial era which is a fraction of the whole history. Or with the prevalent religions of the region. And once again – India is for Hindus – these words mean the land of the Indus is for the peoples of the Indus. The people of the Indus have been practicing different religions since the beginning of civilization.

    • The people Indian Subcontinent have been practising Sanatana Dharma which is called as Hinduism. Your Hindu hatred is known, it comes from your deep identity crisis and inferiority complex as you are converted people not following your own religion but a religion of Arabia. And for Vedas, it was written in area around modern day Haryana not in North of Indus. Even the word Indus Valley is oxymoron, It should be Ghaggar-Hakra Valley, as most of sites of it are located in state of Haryana-Rajasthan. The roots of our country don’t lie on Indus but in sites like Rakhigarhi , Lothal etc which are near Ghaggar in Haryana state of India. Regarding Indus, it follow from our side of Ladakh before entering to your country, so it should clear your doubts. And regarding the roots, before the dangerous Arabic religion started invading here, people of Indian Subcontinent followed mostly a Dharmic religions like Hinduism, then Buddhism or Jainism.

  56. Fascinating. Pakistanis enjoying Turkish dramas, Indian enjoy Pakistani dramas especially of the 80s, Brazilians enjoy Indian serials.

  57. One of the things that amazed me was how and why our intelligence agencies did not expose this man, despite knowing the full extent of his lustful antics, drug abuse, and general immorality. Imran’s penchant for sexting was apparently well known in Lahori circles. Most female anchors had excitedly reported receiving images of his genitalia. When my film producer told me this, I dismissed it as a vicious rumour, wondering why someone of his stature would take a risk like that. But Imran was indeed that reckless.
    Reham Khan

  58. Why are you allowing Pakistani journalist write an article for the print?Collusion with enemy and only done by Congress chamchas?

  59. Although most Pakistanis have adopted ( funnily even non-Muslim) Arabic names, the mood is far less Arabic now at least amongst the chattering classes. This may have much to do with improved Indo Arabic relations. The current love seems to be Turkish and maybe Malaysian.

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