In a residential colony in Lahore, the capital of Punjab, a statue of the famous Muslim-Turkish warrior Ertugrul Ghazi was erected in light of the success of the Turkish drama ‘Diriliş: Ertuğrul’ which has been broadcasting on Pakistan Television (PTV) since the end of April.
According to the information, at the residents’ request after the success of the drama aired on PTV, a 10-foot-high statue made of iron and fiber was installed in Marghzar Housing Scheme on Multan Road in Lahore
The statue depicts Ertugrul Ghazi riding a horse in his hand and holding a sword.
Regarding the statue’s construction, Marghzar Housing Scheme president Mohammad Shehzad Cheema said that he came up with the idea when residents thought of paying tribute to Ertugrul.
He further said the statue was erected on special order from Toba Tek Singh province of Punjab town of Kamalia whereas another similar statue would soon be installed in the housing scheme.
He refrained from quoting the statue’s price, saying if he did, everyone would be focusing on the price.
Sohail Anwar Rana, secretary-general of the housing scheme, said that the place where the statue was installed was also named Ertugrul Ghazi Chowk, with regard to the installation of the statue.
He said a second Ertugrul Ghazi statue will soon be erected on a central square.
It should be noted that, at the request of Prime Minister Imran Khan, Turkish drama is being translated into Urdu and is being run under the name ‘Ertugrul Ghazi,’ and this drama has set new popularity records in Pakistan.
The story of this play revolves around the Muslims’ conquests in the 13th century, prior to the establishment of the Ottoman Empire, but the play’s last season also tells the Ottoman Empire’s fundamental story.
A total of 5 Ertugrul Ghazi seasons have been released, and 179 episodes of this drama are available. In Pakistan the drama’s first season is being translated into Urdu.
The drama became very popular in Pakistan, and over 300 million views on the country’s YouTube in the first 20 days it was viewed.