Pakistan's Imran Khan caught in 'begging' broadcast error in China

PTV makes 'begging' faux pas during Imran Khan's address in Beijing as Pakistan seeks Chinese aid

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Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's highly-publicised visit to China was marred by a gaffe by state-run PTV broadcasting a speech by him in Beijing with the dateline "Begging", triggering an intense debate on the social media in the country.

Khan, who was on an official trip to China, was speaking at the ruling Communist Party of China's Central Party School.

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

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. It was flashed on the top left corner of the screen where it remained for 20 seconds before it was changed.

According to the local media, the gaffe has become particularly ironic since Khan is in China to secure a package from Beijing to try and stall the impending economic crisis Pakistan is facing.

The notification of Hassan's removal underlines that the decision is taken after approval of Federal Minister for Information, Fawad Chaudhry.

The channel, PTV, apologised for the mistake and said, "Today, during a live address of the Prime Minister during his ongoing visit to China, a typographical error took place, which remained on screen for 20 seconds & later removed".

The two sides also held discussions on immediate market access for Pakistan's exports as well as the balance of payments support.

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