Imran Khan was sworn-in as 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan on August 18, 2018. From that day forward, Imran Khan and his government are being greatly disparaged in the country.
Imran Khan promised during his election campaign that he would not seek the help of International Monetary Fund (IMF). He further said that he would prefer suicide over asking for international financial assistance. Owing to the recent financial crises, the Prime minister asked Saudia Arabia and is now seeking the help of China to overcome Pakistan’s financial crises. This step of Imran Khan’s wreaked havoc on the media; his opponents kept referring to him as a ‘beggar’.
In this scenario, Imran Khan’s recent speech where he was addressing a ceremony at a central party school in Beijing, the state-owned broadcaster PTV made an enormous error writing ‘Begging’ instead of ‘Beijing’ on the left corner of the screen. This event drew the attention of every Pakistani, it somehow seconded the narrative of Imran Khan’s opponents.
The shameful act of PTV that stirred huge debate in Pakistan, can be clearly seen in the video!
Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan Addressing Central Party School of the Communist Party of China in Beijing (04.11.18) #PTI #PMIKVisitsChina
Posted by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf on Sunday, November 4, 2018
However, Pakistan Television Network (PTV) has apologized on Twitter in the following words: “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 and later removed. This incident is regrettable. Strict action has been initiated under rules against concerned officials.” Many people are debating that a committee should be built for a thorough investigation of the incident as it is a matter of shame for Pakistan Television Network.
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/df2Z8oib5u
— PTV News (@PTVNewsOfficial) November 4, 2018
People in Pakistan are yet to know whether it was a deliberate act or it happened due to a typography mistake. It has become an irony in the social circles of Pakistan. This incident has again given rise to the criticism against the Prime minister. People avidly reacted to the incident on social media.
Undoubtedly, it’s ironic
Someone on the news team accidentally mistyped IK’s location as “Begging” instead of “Beijing” and it’s honestly the most hilariously ironic thing ever. pic.twitter.com/ZfvDduF6lH
— Sameera Khan (@SameeraKhan) November 4, 2018
Military and PTV together?
— Shama Junejo (@ShamaJunejo) November 4, 2018
This person is not only making fun of ”Begging” but calling Imran Khan the selected PM
— S Malaika Raza (@MalaikaSRaza) November 4, 2018
Calling PM a “Certified beggar”? really
Imran Niazi is a certified begger #begging
— Hafsa Iqbal (@hafsaiqbal996) November 4, 2018
Rightly said, Beijing to Begging
— ZM (@ZeshanMalick) November 4, 2018
This man is calling it a conspiracy
— Syed Wiqas Shah (@WiqasSyed) November 4, 2018
Indeed, it speaks!
The screenshot speaks for its self
— Silk Lodhi ?? (@Silk_Lodhi) November 4, 2018
We can’t criticize PM for this act of PTV but only for his policies!
When our PM is on a foreign official trip he is representing all of us. We must always criticize a PM for his flawed policies but let us not ridicule him for the fun of it. If you condemned PTI supporters for doing same in past then you should not mimic such behaviour. #Begging
— M. Jibran Nasir (@MJibranNasir) November 4, 2018
A simple typo can create a huge controversy, was this one a mistake or a purposeful act? The government should thoroughly probe into this matter in order to avoid any irreverence in the future.