Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Imran Khan Government Sacks Pak Channel Head For "Begging" Slip-Up

China Says More Talks Needed For Pakistan's Economic Bailout Pakistan's Imran Khan caught in 'begging' broadcast error in China
Lora Ball | 06 November, 2018, 22:33

The administration of Pakistan Television (PTV) says someone from the news team accidentally mistyped PM Khan's location as "Begging" instead of Beijing - bringing a storm to the social media. The word remained on screen for 20 seconds and was then changed.

Notably, Imran Khan's maiden official visit to China as the Prime Minister of Pakistan is aimed at getting additional aid for the cash-strapped nation, which has also approached the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a bailout.

The Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV) later said it would take "strict action" against those responsible.

The misspelled word appeared in the top left corner of the screen, where the channel meant to show where Khan was. The broadcaster later apologised via Twitter, calling the incident "regrettable".

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Prime Minister Imran Khan's visit to China from November 2-5 has moved the overall economic relationship between the two friendly countries to the next level, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Finance (MoF) on Tuesday.

Ironically, securing an economic package for his financially-stressed country was on Khan's agenda.

The notification of Hassan's removal underlines that the decision is taken after approval of Federal Minister for Information, Fawad Chaudhry. China while stating that it would extend necessary support to Pakistan, reportedly committed $6 billion funding.

During his visit, Prime Minister Khan held talks with President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang mainly focussing on seeking China's loans to tide over serious financial crisis faced by Pakistan.

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