Iffat Omar under fire over remarks against Muslim general Salahuddin Ayyubi

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KARACHI – Pakistani actress Iffat Omar is being slammed on social media after she made controversial remarks about Muslim general Sultan Salahuddin Ayyubi.

In a show on a private news channel, Omar expressed concerns over the veneration of Turkish and Ottoman heroes in Pakistan.

She said that government should invest money to promote the stories of scientists instead of fictional characters. She added that there is no worldwide famous mathematician and scientist in Pakistan.

Speaking about the Pak-Turk collaboration for an upcoming series on Salahuddin Ayyubi, Omar reiterated that Ayyubi is not a Pakistani hero. He rejected the upcoming series.

Omar said, “We need to promote our history of sub-continent and not the history of Turkey”.

In August this year, Pakistan and Turkey agreed to co-produce a television series on the life of Salahuddin al-Ayyubi, the great Muslim general popularly known in the West as Saladin.

Pakistan’s Ansari & Shah Films and Turkey’s Akli Films signed the agreement.

“A happy news on a blessed Friday night! Contract signed between Akli Films and Ansari&Shah Films about ‘Sultan Selahaddin Ayyubi,’” Konuk tweeted.

He wished that the joint project is beneficial “to our country and our art world.”

The series, featuring actors from both countries, will be shot in Turkey and will comprise three seasons.

Konuk said he was happy to realize the project, despite being aware of the difficulty in portraying “this great person who left his mark in history and all over the world.”

Salahuddin al-Ayyubi  led the Muslim military campaign against the Crusader states in the Levant and recaptured Jerusalem in 1187.

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