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Imran Khan Government Sacks Pak Channel Head For "Begging" Slip-Up

Imran Khan Government Sacks Pak Channel Head For Imran Khan Government Sacks Pak Channel Head For "Begging" Slip-Up
Melinda Barton | 09 November, 2018, 12:52

As per details, the two sides noted with satisfaction that the China Pakistan Economic Corridor's first stage, which comprised of infrastructure and energy sector improvements, has nearly been completed.

"Beijing has offered this facility in response to Pakistan's request for duty-free status that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations as well as Bangladesh are entitled to", said Dawood while addressing a press conference on Wednesday - a day after Prime Minister Imran Khan concluded his maiden official visit to China.

Earlier reports from Pakistan said Beijing has committed a similar amount during Khan's visit but Chinese officials declined to confirm it.

On Saturday, China said it had agreed to "firmly move forward" with infrastructure projects in Pakistan following meetings between Mr Khan and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. "A relationship that has been operating at a high level and we have been offering our assistance to Pakistan in the best of our capacity".

In his comments on Tuesday, Umar said "we had told you about the United States dollars 12 billion financing gap, of which $6 billion have come from Saudi Arabia, and the rest has come from China".

The adviser said that during the last fiscal year, Pakistan's exports to China were worth $1.2 billion which would be doubled after this facility.

While expressing his desire for lasting peace in end of violence, Khan apprised envoy that Pakistan would continue to support resolution of United Nations for immediate restoration of peace in Yemen.

"Pakistan and China have agreed to broaden the CPEC trajectory, and it will now be one corridor with many doors", he said.

Local media believes the gaffe is rather ironic since Khan is in Beijing to secure monetary aid from China to stall the impending economic crisis in Pakistan.

The channel, PTV, apologised for the mistake and said, "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".

Lauding the leadership of Chinese President Xi Jinping, the Pakistani Prime Minister had said that the his "vision and leadership is a role model".