Ertugrul: The Turkish TV drama enthralling Pakistan

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The Turkish historical TV drama Dirilis Ertugrul (Ertugrul’s Resurrection) has been all the rage in Pakistan since the state broadcaster began airing a dubbed version in April. The show’s immense popularity has polarised opinion in Pakistan. Some feel it is a threat to local culture and promotes violence, while others applaud it for glorifying Muslim heroes. But it’s not just celebrities and analysts who are commenting on the show – the country’s politicians are also actively involved in the debate. This is not the first Turkish drama to have become popular in Pakistan. But what is different about Ertugrul – often described as the Muslim Game of Thrones – is that it’s being promoted by Prime Minister Imran Khan, for reasons thought to be both personal and political.