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

Brenda Watkins
November 6, 2018

Prime Minister Imran Khan says Pakistan will like to follow the model of China in poverty alleviation and eradication of corruption to put the country on the path of progress and development.

Ministry of Information and Broadcast removed Pakistan Television (PTV) Managing Director col. (retd) Hassan Immad Mohammadi over 20 seconds mistake.

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 typo appeared during a live address at the Central Party School in Beijing.

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During the telecast of Khan's address on PTV, the location was misspelled from "Beijing" to "Begging" in the top left corner of the screen.

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. The state-run channel, PTV News, said "this incident is regrettable", and "strict action has been initiated under rules against concerned officials".

The gaffe has become particularly ironic since PM Khan is on a mission to secure a package from China to try and stall the impending economic crisis the country is facing.

China has invested tens of billions of dollars in Pakistan in recent years as part of its Belt and Road Initiative - which aims to link the economies of Asia, Africa and Europe via huge infrastructural projects.

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