Pakistan and Turkey Alliance: Iran’s Ambassador to Pakistan Seyyed Mohammad Ali Hosseini also emphasized enhancing cooperation among developing Muslim countries to create a common Islamic Market

Pakistan and Turkey have decided to form an alliance in an attempt to fight against the lethal global pandemic. They took this decision on Monday as they agreed to boost bilateral collaboration.

It all started with a telephonic conversation between Prime Minister Imran Khan and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The former gave a briefing on the measures undertaken by his government to curtail the spread of the Covid-19. 

He was equally thankful to the latter for providing valuable medical equipment to his people. That was considered as very reflective of historic connections between the two nations to help each other in times of need.

Honourable Imran Khan further explained that the repercussions of the coronavirus have led to a comprehensive harmonised plan of action on debt relief. Restructuring too was required to heal the socio-economic instability.

The prime minister made it clear his appeal for “global initiative on debt relief” for developing countries was intended to aid them to cope with the challenges. He emphasized a great deal on the worsening of the human rights situation in Kashmir, stressed by double lockdown and increased army crackdown.

He additionally shared Pakistan’s anxieties on India’s moves to change the demographic structure of the occupied territory, while the world was worried about struggling against the pandemic. President Erdogan too offered sympathies on the tragic crash of an airplane in Karachi and emphasized the Turkish nation’s strong support to its Pakistani people in this problematic time.

It should be reminded that Pakistan and Turkey had signed an agreement of friendship and cooperation on the 2nd of April 1954. They had joined the Central Treaty Organization too. The goal was to reinforce the military and strategic cooperation and fight against the spread of communism and Soviet influence in the area.

Iran’s Ambassador to Pakistan Seyyed Mohammad Ali Hosseini also emphasized enhancing cooperation among developing Muslim countries to create a common Islamic Market.


Turkish television series Ertugrul lies at the heart of Pakistan: Outstandingly, Pakistan Prime Minister, Imran Khan encourages this television show

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan encourages people to watch Turkish series Ertugrul

This is because Ertugrul highlights devotion for the Ottoman Empire and a yearning for a glorious Muslim past. Honorable Imran Khan even ordered the national broadcaster to dub it into Urdu.

Ertugrul is based on Muslim Oghuz Turks’ history. It takes place in the 13th century. It reflects the life of Ertugrul in person who was the father of Osman I. Osman I, in turn, was the founder of the Ottoman Empire. 

The history of the Ottoman Empire has an integrated part in a country like Pakistan where the majority population is of the Islamic faith. The religion of the Ottoman Empire was Islam, hence underlining the religious zeal of Prime Minister Imran Khan to Ertugrul.

The show thoroughly invokes Islam and achieves victory against all odds. Historical facts bring vivid images to the audience’s mind.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister’s decision to encourage this Turkish show is intentional as he wants to emphasize Islamic values which were gradually crumpled in the nation. Leaders of the Muslim world after all have a very crucial place in Pakistan.

Turkish and Pakistan share a very close bond. Mosharraf Zaidi, senior fellow at Pakistani think-thank Tabadlab mentions that “For decades, modern secular Turkey and modern Pakistan have been extremely close allies.

The bonds are historic, military, and strategic and since the emergence of AKP under Turkish leader Erdogan, they have increasingly taken on cultural dimensions.”

Laaleen Sukhera, the Communication Consultant,  also adds, “Ertugrul offers an alternative narrative to a country with a majority population of under-35s to connect with a past empire associated with conquest rather than fighting against colonialism.

It’s a soapy period drama but whether it inspires big-budget depictions of subcontinental heroes like Razia Sultan and Chand Bibi remains unclear.”

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