Pakistani delegation leaves for China to finalise relief package

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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) after the state-run news channel was involved in a major goof-up during Prime Minister Imran Khan's recent visit to China. This visit is Prime Minister Imran Khan's first official visit to China after he assumed office, which fully testifies to the importance Pakistan attaches to developing its ties with China.

PM Khan had on Thursday apprised his cabinet of the "successful" maiden visit to China, saying that Beijing had assured Islamabad "of every kind of assistance", and that Pakistan would reap its benefits in the days to come. "I want to make that clear in unequivocal terms that we do not have any balance of payments crisis now".

The Chinese Foreign Ministry did not give a clear answer when asked about it. "In the future, in the light of Pakistan's need and as per our mutual agreement, we will continue to offer help economically and for betterment of people's livelihoods", she said. China while stating that it would extend necessary support to Pakistan, reportedly committed $6 billion funding.

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

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It would be Pakistan's 13th rescue package from the multilateral lender since the late 1980s. Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying 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.

Lauding the leadership of Chinese President Xi Jinping, the Pakistani Prime Minister had said that the his "vision and leadership is a role model". "We believe our ties withstood the test of times in domestic and global changes", she said.

Besides agreeing to strengthen the all-weather strategic partnership, both the countries have also agreed to expand the CPEC projects and establish strategic dialogue mechanism between their foreign ministers, she said.

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