Iffat Omar unimpressed by upcoming series on Salahuddin Ayyubi, says ‘he is not our hero’
Actor Iffat Omar rejects the idea of glorifying Turkish, Ottoman heroes in Pakistan.
“They [Turks] invaded us. Understand this. We do not need fictional characters, we need stories about scientists. There’s not a single mathematician, a scientist in Pakistan that is known world over,” asserted Omar.
Omar stressed on the fact that the Turkish history is not Pakistani history and urged the government to invest on promoting out scientists, who she believes are actual Pakistani heroes.
Speaking further about the upcoming Pak-Turk collaboration on an upcoming series on Salahuddin Ayyubi, Omar iterated that Ayyubi is not a Pakistani hero.
“He [Salahuddin Ayyubi] is not our hero,” she asserted. “This has been indoctrinated in Pakistanis since our country has been formed. We think of ourselves as superiors. Our history is of sub-continent, we need to endorse that. Our history isn’t of Turkey.”