Ertugrul Ghazi breaks popularity records, Imran Khan’s idea revives PTV

Prime Minister Imran Khan explained why he wanted Ertugrul Ghazi to be aired on Pakistani TV channels in the meeting with bloggers in Islamabad.

Last year, in November PM Imran Khan’s video circulated on social media in which he suggests ‘Ertugrul Ghazi’, a famous Turkish serial, to Pakistani media to broadcast it. Ptv has started broadcasting it from this Ramadan through a special arrangement with Turkish state broadcaster, TRT-1.

The first episode of Ertugrul Ghazi has received 318,000 views and still counting. Moreover, PTV Home has registered an exponential rise in its viewership and subscription on YouTube. ‘TRT Ertugrul by PTV’ youtube channel has gained 8,63,000

What is Dirilis Ertugrual?

The popular Turkish serial, ‘Dirilis Ertugrul’, (Resurrection Ertugrul) also referred by fans as ‘Turkish Game of Thrones‘ took the international audience by storm with Venezuelan President also turning out to be its follower. The serial was first aired in Turkey in 2014.

Within Turkey its part of AKP’s nation building project and is perhaps the most popular tv production in recent years. However, it is widely popular across the Muslim world and Middle East -despite a recent ban in Egypt and Gulf countries where it is being seen as part of the AKP’s quest to revive Ottoman empire.

A short video clip of Imran Khan from the interview has been released by the office of the Prime Minister of Pakistan on Twitter in which he said serials like Dirilis Ertugrul will revive the forgotten Islamic traditions, values, and struggles faced by previous nations.


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