n Sunday, Pakistan’s state-run TV news channel broadcast a speech given by Prime Minister Imran Khan in China, hilariously giving his location as not “Beijing,” but “Begging.”
Appropriately enough, Khan was speaking at the Central Party School in China’s capital during an official trip aimed at securing much-needed aid in order to boost his country’s economy and stave off a financial crisis.
Watch the caption at top left..
— TheIronicIrony (@theironicirony) November 4, 2018
The blunder, which stayed on screen for about 20 seconds, was followed by an apology from Pakistan Television. The channel called the incident “regrettable” and promised “strict action” against those responsible.
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. This incident is regrettable. Strict action has been initiated under rules against concerned officials pic.twitter.com/qphQF1GSu1
— PTV World (@WorldPTV) November 4, 2018
On Wednesday, Reuters reported that the acting managing director of Pakistan Television had been sacked after only being in his position for a few weeks. An information ministry spokesman denied that the move had anything to do with the botched caption.
Khan arrived in China after securing a $6 billion bailout package from Saudi Arabia and while also seeking funds from the International Monetary Fund. Pakistan has already been bailed out 13 times by the IMF since the 1980s. Khan had previously negatively characterized former leaders of Pakistan as roaming around the world with a begging bowl in hand.
For its part, China has declined to quantify how much financial assistance that it is willing to provide Pakistan. Pakistani media has put the number at around $6 billion as well.