ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry has become the latest person to join the Ertugrul debate, saying that foreign dramas will ‘ruin’ Pakistani productions.
The federal minister took to Twitter on Sunday to exclaim his ‘surprise’ at the PTV for “taking pride in other countries productions”.
“Surprised on @PTVHomeOfficial taking pride in other countries’ productions, you guys must focus on Pak productions otherwise foreign dramas will ruin Pak productions, its always cheap to import foreign dramas but this will have devastating long term effect on our own programming,” he tweeted.
The globally acclaimed Turkish TV series Ertugrul has amassed a massive fan following in Pakistan after it was broadcast by PTV for the Pakistani audience on the orders of Prime Minister Imran Khan, .
However, the TV series has triggered a debate in Pakistan with many celebrities voicing concern that foreign content will ultimately prove harmful for local content consumption and as a result, harm the showbiz industry in Pakistan.
Renowned actors such as Osman Khalid Butt, Bilal Ashraf, and Mehwish Hayat have praised the show and called on Pakistani producers to come up with similar content.