“Turk Lala”: A Joint TV Series from Turkey and Pakistan

Pakistan and Turkey are considering working on a joint project to produce a TV series, Turk Lala, according to an official statement issued by the Pakistani premier’s office. Prime Minister Imran Khan discussed the proposal with Turkish director Kemal Tekden and his team. So, the director and his team met with Khan at his office in Islamabad.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan

Collaboration Over The Belief Brings Up Turk Lala

Tekden directed the world-famous Turkish TV series Resurrection: Ertuğrul. He arrived in Pakistan on a five-day visit. Khan welcomed the team and praised their work for producing the historic Ertuğrul series, according to the statement. The two sides also discussed the proposed joint TV series dubbed “Turk Lala“. Thus, they highlight the role that Muslims played in the sub-continent during the Balkan War.

Scenario works for Turk Lala have started
Scenario works for Turk Lala have started

What Does “Lala” Mean?

Lala, in the Pashto language, refers to “elder brother,” and the series would highlight the role of Muslims from the sub-continent. The Muslims went to Turkey in 1920 and fought against the imperialist forces. Most of the Muslims who helped the Turkish side traveled from present-day Pakistan under the Khilafat Movement flag. It was a campaign to support the Ottoman Empire in the early 20th century.

Turk Lala (The third one from left to right)
Turk Lala (The third one from left to right)

Historic Relations Between Turkey and Pakistan

Turkey and Pakistan enjoy historic relations thanks to the help extended during Turkey’s War of Liberation. Information Minister Senator Shibli Faraz also attended the meeting. What’s more, Kashmir Committee Chairman Shehryar Afridi and leading actors from the Turkish and Pakistani film industries also the attendants of the meeting.

The Important Role of Turk Lala for The Relations

Afridi briefed the premier on the proposed series. And so, he said Turk Lala played an essential role in the Khilafat Movement. He was referring to Abdur Rehman Peshawari. He held the distinction of becoming one of the very first reporters of Anadolu Agency. It was when the agency was founded in the early 1920s.

Who is Peshawari?

Abdur Rehman Peshawari was born in 1886 in Peshawar. Peshawar, by the way, is the capital of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. His family was a wealthy Samdani family. Then, Peshawari abandoned his studies to join the people’s mission to help Turkey during the Balkan war.

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