A recent statement from the office of the Pakistani Prime Minister hints at a joint project with Turkey to produce a historical TV series.
The proposal was discussed on Thursday with PM Imran Khan and leading Turkish director Kemal Tekden, the director of the popular Turkish TV series Resurrection: Ertugrul and his team, who are in Pakistan on a five-day visit.
According to the statement, Khan welcomed the Turkish team and praised their work for producing the historic Ertugrul series. The meeting was also attended by Information Minister Senator Shibli Faraz, Kashmir Committee Chairman Shehryar Afridi and leading actors from the Turkish and Pakistani film industries. It is understood that the two sides discussed the proposed joint TV series “Turk Lala”, which will highlight the role played by Muslims of the sub-continent who went to Turkey in 1920 and fought against the imperialist forces during the Balkan War.
Mr Afridi briefed the premier on the proposed series and said Turk Lala played an important role in the Khilafat Movement. He was referring Abdur Rehman Peshawari, who held the distinction of becoming one of the very first reporters of the Anadolu Agency when it was founded in the early 1920s. “This series [Turk Lala] will educate our younger generation about our heroes,” Afridi said and highlighted the importance of Turk Lala in Turkey and his role in the Khilafat Movement.
Today, thanks to the help extended during Turkey’s War of Liberation, Turkey and Pakistan enjoy historic relations and Tekden lauded Khan’s move to broadcast Turkish dramas on state-run Pakistani Television.
“Both Prime Minister Khan and Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan believe that youth of today can play an important role in the development of any country and they [youth] must be educated about their history and culture,” Tekden said.