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Imran Khan shown speaking from ‘Begging’ instead of Beijing; Channel trolled

Newsroom Post-English 2018-11-07 09:28:45

New Delhi: An unfortunate mistake by the Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV) landed Pakistan Imran Khan at the mercy of trolls on social media on Monday after the channel ran ‘Begging’ on its location label instead of ‘Beijing’ while he was speaking live from China’s capital.

The typo continued to remain visible on-screen for around 20 seconds and became a target of trolling by citizens.

Mr Khan was on his maiden visit to China from November 2 to 5 at the invitation of the Chinese leadership.

The incident provoked all kinds of reactions from people on Twitter – from some calling the act “disgraceful” to others lauding PTV for becoming “drastically independent”. The video left many wondering whether it was intentional.

The channel issued an apology about the whole incident, “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,” PTV News said on Twitter. “This incident is regrettable. Strict action has been initiated under rules against concerned officials.”

Information and Broadcasting Minister Fawad Chaudhry has ordered an inquiry into the incident, The News International reported. Screenshots shared with the hashtag #begging became a top trend on Twitter in Pakistan on Sunday.

Meanwhile, The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government has ordered for immediate removal of Arshad Khan from the post of Managing Director (MD) of Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV)