Published: Tue, November 06, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

Pakistan broadcaster misspells Beijing on live footage of Imran Khan’s speech

Pakistan broadcaster misspells Beijing on live footage of Imran Khan’s speech

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.

During Khan's speech, PTV had written "Begging" instead of "Beijing" in the top left corner of the screen.

He was on Sunday addressing a ceremony at the Central Party School (of the Communist Party of China) in Beijing which was shown live by the Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV) when the error happened. The typo reportedly remained onscreen for a good 20 seconds or so before it was rectified. The state-run channel, PTV News, said "this incident is regrettable", and "strict action has been initiated under rules against concerned officials".

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The faux pas is seen particularly ironic since the Pakistani premier is on a mission to secure a package from China to overcome a major economic crisis his country is confronted with.

Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain was also present during the meeting. It remained on screen for 20 seconds before being changed. The PTV's gaffe came under criticism on social media with screenshots shared with #begging becoming a top trend on Twitter in Pakistan.

The two sides also held discussions on immediate market access for Pakistan's exports as well as the balance of payments support. He is now on his first official trip to China in order to boost the economic corporation between the two countries as China is one of its very few allies left.

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