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Pakistani state broadcaster apologises for error during PM Khan's Beijing speech

06 November 2018

Furthermore, the MD of the channel has also been removed.

During the live telecast of his address at the Central Party School (of the Communist Party of China) on PTV, his location was misspelled from Beijing as - wait for it - begging.

The official order by the ministry read that the acting charge of Colonel (r) Hassan Immad Mohammadi, Director PTVC as Managing Director is withdrawn with immediate effect and further orders.

The misspelled word appeared in the top left corner of the screen, where the channel meant to show where Khan was.

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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.

Following the "typographical error" broadcast at the weekend, PTV posted a short statement on Twitter describing the incident as "regrettable". "Strict action has been initiated under rules against concerned officials", the official twitter handle of PTV News tweeted. In fact, "Begging" started trending.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Fawad Chaudhry has ordered an inquiry into the incident, The News International reported. 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. As per reports, China has also agreed on giving its green signal for Pakistan's name in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), an objective for which India is still struggling.

Pakistani state broadcaster apologises for error during PM Khan's Beijing speech