Peerzadas demand Rs 1 billion from Pakistan Today

Peerzaadas

The Rafi Peer Theatre Workshop has demanded Rs 1 billion from Pakistan Today for “defaming” the group by reporting the termination of aid for its “Sim, Sim Hamara’ program by USAID because of alleged financial irregularities and abuse of aid money.
The legal notice served on the newspaper states that the Rafi Peer group had “adhered strictly and transparently with all USAID compliance guidelines pertaining to procurement, finance and human resource, and all accounts pertaining to the abovementioned heads had been duly subjected to internal and external audits by independent auditors employed by RPTW and USAID and no iota of financial embezzlement, misappropriation and fudging of accounts had been raised against RPTW”.
However, a US State Department spokesman on Tuesday confirmed that funding for the Pakistan Sesame Street Program had been terminated after allegations of fraud and abuse of aid money against the Rafi Peer Theatre Workshop were found to be credible. State Department Deputy Spokesman Mark Toner said the Pakistan Sesame Street Program totaled $20 million and that $6.7 million has already been spent by the Rafi Peer Theater Workshop.
The project was canceled after several calls were made to an anti-fraud hotline set up by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) in Pakistan alleging misappropriation of funds. The US looked into the allegations and found them credible. A full investigation is still underway as to how and where the money was spent.
“No one is questioning, obviously, the value and positive impact of this kind of programming for children,” said Toner. “But this is about allegations of corruption.”
“We deemed that the allegations were serious enough that we wanted to suspend or cut off the program until we were able to complete this investigation,” he said.
“We do acknowledge the programming is beneficial, but we had what we believe were credible allegations, so rather than continue to throw good money after bad, we thought it was prudent to cut off this program,” Toner said. “These are valuable programmes teaching kids worldwide values as well as math, reading skills, et cetera. This is simply two very different cases – but in the latest case, in Pakistan, concerns that US taxpayer money was being misused,” he added.



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85 Comments

    • LeGeNd said:

      Seems PT itself is being taught a lesson for fake reports! :)

  1. SKfro said:

    They seem to know how to dig your own grave… the shameless.

    • belligerent1 said:

      everyone's conversation and words dipict their personalities ,, so better , not to disclose yourself more ,, stop right here !

  2. Michael Warner said:

    Now who are we dealing with Faizan or Saddaan. They are twin brothers and were quite junior to me in school. Even today i can not tell who is Buddy and who is Freddy. These are their nick names. They are known to my younger brothers and cousins. very talented family and sons of very famous Art / Darama giant of the country. Mr. Rafi Peerzada. Faizaan and Sadaan were very good in ART. They will draw pictures at the time in school which were very nice and they will give it to their friends and sell.

    • aloneinlonelyplanet said:

      Micheal! Good to know that but let me tell u that it is coz of people like Buddy & Freddy that you, the average Western, fail to get his tax payers money into the true coffers!! Please, for goddness sake, try to make some Pakistani friends outside these pseudo-intellectuals !! The actual Pakistan is not THAT fundamentalist the way these "friends" of your tell you. The actual Pakistan does not lie in the caged cubicle of NCA, it lies only at a stones throw from NCA i.e. in the shrine of the great Sufi Data Sahib! It lies in the Qawalies, the cinemas, in offices, hospitals, schools!! Its not there in the lobby of the PC Hotel, Lahore mate!! Its there in the Lawrence Garden, Jinnah Library, Badshahi Mosque & the walled city!! It lies in the kites of Basant or the sound of drum beat in Ramadhan! Please make some non-pseudo-liberal Pakistani a friend and then you will understand how much liberal a Pakistani can be !! Otherwise, just keep on propping this confused generation of US returned liberal arts full bright scholars who probably will satisfy your Hamyalian Western egos more but under the carpet, will plunder every dime of your tax payer dollar!

      • belligerent1 said:

        just like ur name Mr. alone in lonely planet the time will cum that u will be alone here on planet earth because shaitan never dies …. plz stop criticizing ur people. it is very obvious now that u r jealous of peerzada family .. coz u r getting personal to them…

      • shabab said:

        mr. akailay for godsake being a pakistani u should be aware of the work which peerzadas has done for this country the world performing arts festivals, youth festivals, film festivals they gave a new identity to pakistan ,even still trying their level best to portray soft image of pakistan to the world , they are giving opprtunities in shape of nautanki theatre to the people of pakistan in remote areas like intrerior sindh,interior punjab southern punjab,khyber pukhtunkhawah and balochistan so we should keep these facts in our mind while commenting on peerzadas,its easy to criticize but one shouldnt be blind enough to ignore these facts.

        • aloneinlonelyplanet said:

          @ hiraa, shabab, belligerent1, (or if you are a single person with three different identities)! I can understand the damage my comments may have done to your "Brown-sahib" wannabe egos developed in this new generation of arts colleges propping up everywhere in Lahore these days & with the economy of Pakistan in a gutter for now, the best you can expect is to do "TC" for the Peerzadas and try to gain some important phone calls/recommendation letters/job assignments, but please try to look at the big picture! Our nation has suffered not that much at the hands of the illiterate than at the hands of these "so-called" pseudo-liberal types coz of the incompetence, corruption, indifference & arrogance of these elite class stalwarts! I fail to understand what good the Peerzadas have brought to this nation's liberal face! I see Sian Zahoor, perhaps, contributing more to the moderate face of Pakistan!! Whatever Peerzadas have done, its all commercial stuff, to make buck!! So what service or identity you are talking about!! They were never talented honestly! Perhaps, Shah Sharabeel has done more successful stuff then the average-level-of-art produced by these! Period, if Farooq Qaiser can produce the massive-block-buster "Kalayian" puppet show back in the 90s for budgets of less than PKR 1 million (its not USD!!) for PTV, lending all his creative juices for free, If A-Hameed can write "Ainak Wala Jin" for PTV under a meger budget, what had stopped Peerzadas from doing so! They are not Imran Khan or Eidhi mates! These Peerzadas are 0-production-100-politics strategy based businessmen!! Although, business shd be business & a cup of tea shd be cup of tea friend/s, these pseudo-Peezada types make sure they trap every hell of foreigner landing at the Lahore/Khi/Isloo international into their communication-skills-without-boots-on-the-ground and plunder/loot whatever trickle downs. Unfortunately, with zero productivity levels, the best these Peerzadas in particular and this pseudo-quasi-confused-liberal class of Pakistan in general can give Pakistan is a Hussain Haqani or a Zardari or a Nadeem Farooq Parachi!!

          • belligerent1 said:

            If you see their press conference footage http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZxsh4c-Bjg ]
            it is clear that Usaid has not even given them legal notice but somehow usaid has made comments to all. Also they have said they are open to transparent audit.
            any thing more to say US supporterzzz………

        • aloneinlonelyplanet said:

          Have Peerzadas every done anything like "SItara aur Mehuran Nisa", "Humsafar", Kaliyan, Ainak Wala Jin, 50 50, Waris ……….. the list is actually quite long! As far as i can remember, they usually do those Monday evening 7:30 PM commercial sit comms where usually a Peerzada remains surrounded by a bunch of 35-somthing female ramp models trying to crack a boring joke or two!! If there is anything these Peerzadas have done, plz do let me know! Yes, I know they run Peerus Cafe, a for-profit-very-expensive money-making restaurant in Lahore but i know that already!!

      • hiraaa said:

        Dear Michael ,,, please try to understand what , this above mentioned person is trying to convey , Actually he is pointing out that please please please ,, make him your friend , as he wud be needing some affiliations of few foreiners and is trying to humiliate some respectable aristis of Pakistan , definatly he wouldnt be able to approach few lavish places in lahore as he mentioned above , so the the desires of getting there ,, i personally suggest to to make him ur friend and also try to donate few pound to him ,,, so theat he could fulfil his demands ,, and yes ,,, Mr whoever ,,, for u i have no comments !

  3. aloneinlonelyplanet said:

    haha! why dunno they demand this money from USAID! These corrupt pseudo-liberal leftist Jialas!! My best guess is, as per Jiala theory, back in the days of Gen Zia ul Haq, the satan, someone paid Pakistan Today to print a story against the liberal face of Pakistan i.e. Peerzadas, come June 05, 2012 !! Yup, there definitely is ISI, Army & Zia ul Haq's ghost spirit behind this!! No doubt!!

    • hiraaa said:

      im sure that if u wud be a history teacher anywhere ,, that school would have kicked u out till now ,,, so stop spreading negativity about Pakistan's Hisatory as well !

  4. Symbol said:

    The so-called characterless celebrities have gone crazy in Pakistan and India.

      • aloneinlonelyplanet said:

        Hiraa! Why dunno u admit u got this assignment from one of these Peerzadas to comment on every post over here?? !!

  5. innohunter said:

    Peerzadas have now truly lost their credibility. Haha! good luck on winning 1 billion rupees

    • belligerent1 said:

      its always very easy to criticize…. for u my dear frend watch this and this will bring smile on ur face … and then ultimately Allah will bless Peerzada family for bringing that smile on ur face and thousands and millions of peaple in Pakisan ans abroad ……. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgjFqNf1F3I….
      enjoy my frend

  6. belligerent1 said:

    USAID….US evil WORMS…….. its tragic that we always criticize our people, i NEVER understand ….. its a big plot against our artists … sim sim hamara is the bestest ever made educational children programme… its the best version out of 48 countries who made it ….. and this a report by International sasame project analysis team …….they are now moving their aid programms towards AFGHANISTAN ……and blamming our sweet artists who are Pakistanis and living in Pakistan …. and this is their fault ……

    • coonhunter said:

      Still calling US evil worms while the fraudulent peers you seem to support have devoured millions of their dollars? The sweet artists of yours have thrived on aid projects. It was no surprise for me to see that all these douches occupied all top positions of the project and sucked the blood out of what was supposed to educate the unfortunate children of this god-forsaken country.
      Sigh! either you ARE one of the peerzada or just a lost mindless soul with nothing to gain from your stupid comments.

    • aloneinlonelyplanet said:

      what about "Kalayian" ,Uncle Sargam fame, by Farooq Qaiser made in late 90s (without US Money and all those 4*4 Lexus rides for Peerzadas) or "Ainak Wala Jin" by A-Hameed on PTV!! I guess you have a short memory mate!

    • aloneinlonelyplanet said:

      The only two good things i found in the video was the magnificent Mishi Khan and Salman Shahid Sahib!! And oh yes, for 5 minutes, i had to go through the torture (yet again) of another Peerzada! Is this necessary that a Peerzada has to be there, always, on the screen….cant they resist to stay behind the camera!!

      • belligerent1 said:

        my dear brother ….. don be that much jealous …… kahain jal jal kay asal ma is duniya may akelay na reh jana ….. zindagi aik bar milti hay .. itni nafrat lonely bhai …..

  7. Friends said:

    Remember Samina Peerzada her name was also in the list of NRO case, so you can imagine the level of corruption.

  8. belligerent1 said:

    update for all the people wh have H.E.A.D not a nuttshell…..
    since now i ev noticed Usaid ur dearest company … who u believe blindly gave 5 different statements…
    still no evidence
    still not any written letter to Rafi peer
    washington says …. corruption but not confirmed
    Isb usaid is saying …. A call on fraud help line … still investigating
    Lahor Usaid is : oh something happend WAT .. wait we dont know any thing
    heheheheh actually this is a KHICHERY ……
    common gett offf … go to ur work …
    my sympathies are with MY people …..
    rafi Peer we need u .. u r my people my artists u r Pakistan we are all proud Pakistanis……. we proud of each of us ……
    get lost jealous creatures and international worms

      • aloneinlonelyplanet said:

        Hey belligerent1, excellent job friend! Next production of SIM SIM due in 2022, you will definitely get a role of boom operator in that by one of these Peerzadas! Mate, i think u need to learn this typical pseudo-liberal Jiala art that they usually learn on their full-bright liberal arts scholarship in the US, of LOGIC more! SO the story is simple! When a Jiala such as Peerzadas get bogged down by corruption, inefficiency, indifference & arrogance, he/she retorts to this thingy called Logic! "It was like that or it was like this blah blah"!! U see what i mean!! The fact is simple and written on the wall, Peerzadas have regurgitated 6 million USD mate! THATS A HELL LOT OF BUCK! BUT, have produced a silly program not even the level of Uncle Sargam's Kaliyan!! The Yankees have understood this and hence have withdrawn their support! It could have been better if the Yankees have given this contract to some "real" artist such as Farooq Qaiser or Hum TV's Ms. Sultana! Not some pseudo-confused-elite liberal Jiala such as a Peerzada!

        • belligerent1 said:

          now u ar attacking me …. u r getting personal to me as well though am just a house wife ….. art lover… sitting at my home with two kids …..
          once met one of the peerzada wile participating in one of there festival when i was a student …. but i ev a keen nterest in wats going on … any ways Mr. aloninonly planet u guys never change …insulting anyone is very easy ….. Rafi Peer is not a name it is an institution for me…..

  9. Samina Malik said:

    I can't believe that this newspaper is so incredible that they are STILL reporting fake news. USAID has still not provided RPTW with any evidence of fraud, corruption or mismanagement. In fact they have changed their views over the the course of 24 hours as is evident by this statement.
    “A while back we received a phone call on our anti-fraud hotline and the person reported discrepancy in the “Sim Sim Hamara” project with credible evidence, as a result of which we started an investigation into the matter,” said Robert Raines, the spokesperson for USAID in Pakistan.”Since the matter is still under investigation we can’t conclude whether it is a fraud case or not and something substantial can only be said after the completion of the investigation,” the spokesperson said.
    It is clear that USAID has not concluded whether fraud has taken place but obviously Pakistan today has.
    Your article is laughable but kudos to you for keeping your head up and carrying on with such reporting, you will pay soon enough!

    • aloneinlonelyplanet said:

      Pakistan Today rocks! For 60 years, the biased-confused-Pakistani English press, full of all those retard full-bright Jiala scholars have failed to show us all that dirt that the confused pseudo-liberals of Pakistan just keep on piling! But now, thanks to Pakistan Today, we have a balanced English News Paper ready to show to the common man the real face of these corrupt, indifferent, arrogant "Brown-sahib" pseudo-liberal class!!

  10. Ahmad said:

    I don't know about the allegations, But i am sure All is fake, all I know is that the RPTW has worked bloody hard in promoting local art and culture in Pakistan and overseas. The group has made stars out of poor artistes who truly needed promotion, produced the most brilliant puppet shows for the children of Pakistan, executed the biggest performing arts festivals in the country, and countless other projects.

    • aloneinlonelyplanet said:

      Yup! Worked bloody hard at Galatos Cafe, Hob Nob, Jamin Java, PC Hotel, Marriott & Serena particularly in the after hours around 7:30ish PM till "late at night" with booze shisha & "good company" all around all on US tax payers money mate!

      • aloneinlonelyplanet said:

        O forgot to add Peerus Cafe, the famour money-making-machine that Peerzadas have!

  11. aryanazlam said:

    I am a corporate lawyer based at Islamabad. My services are available to defend Pakistan today. I appreciate P.T has shown the real faces of the people who have screen beauty coloured with cosmetics.

    • hiraaa said:

      u proved that u r a lawyer by just ur single statement u have written in ur first line ,, u actually advertise urself ,, so wat is the money u r demanding for ur so called services ! gud luck man ,, plz try somewhere else for ur career!

      • aloneinlonelyplanet said:

        Hiraa! congrats! One Peerzada has already selected you for the 2035 production of SIM SIM Sequel Ver 3

        • belligerent1 said:

          now look again u r showing ur mentality by getting personal to that firl shame on u

  12. ramesh said:

    Get Ready for

    1. The Republic of Balochistan

    2. Sindhudesh

    3. Islamic Republic of Waziristan.

    • coonhunter said:

      I am not a cannibal, but would not hesitate to put a bar through your bottom all the way to your mouth, then grill you with some cow fat, then throw some Tabasco sauce over, and then…. No, wait a minute….. I can't eat that s*it. I'd feed you to the stray dogs of Balochistan, Sindh and Waziristan so they can all be grateful to me for that barbecued Ramesh. Brace yourself for some brand new nukes that will rain upon you from that hell you know as Pakistan.

  13. ramesh said:

    Get Ready for

    1. The Republic of Balochistan

    2. Sindhudesh

    3. Islamic Republic of Waziristan.

    Balochistan constitute 41% land area of Pakistan. There are only four states in Pakistan namely Sindh, Balochistan, Punjab and Islamabad compared to 29 Indian states.

    Pakistan is becoming poor fastly and will go dumb by 2014.

    Indian and US agencies are actively engage in pakistani people fight for freedom. Pakistan will soon give birth to two new countries namely Sindhudesh and Balochistan. Thanks to RAW(India), MOSSAD(Israel) and CIA(America).

    • coonhunter said:

      I am not a cannibal, but would not hesitate to put a bar through your bottom all the way to your mouth, then grill you with some cow fat, then throw some Tabasco sauce over, and then…. No, wait a minute….. I can't eat that s*it. I'd feed you to the stray dogs of Balochistan, Sindh and Waziristan so they can all be grateful to me for that barbecued Ramesh. Brace yourself for some brand new nukes that will rain upon you from that hell you know as Pakistan.

      One more thing: It's happy to see that fools like you dwell in India who believe that Pakistan would spare its enemies while it's collapsing. No son, we'll pull you to the grave you're digging for us… and we'll die together…. just the way we were born together.

    • belligerent1 said:

      Proud to be Pakistan .. we are all togather …. n produced best ever version of saseme street … u jealous …thats y all indians are ugly n black with pale faces . ur place is helll….. kiddo dont use ur stupid NUT head …. …. enjoy this . n ev some fun …. my dear http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gku_g-3pKzA

    • Grazar said:

      And you will give birth to… idiocracy? No your parents gave birth to that sunny.

    • aloneinlonelyplanet said:

      Hey Mr. India, what an irrelevant comment! Pakistan is not India where you have all these 1000s of corrupt politicians looting & plundering and yet everyone is shut! India is more fundamentalist mate! How about all those Dilits, Shuders & Naxalites….. i guess no elite Punjabi Hindu in Delhi ever cares for these people except keeping them as household servants, not paying them a die & yet doing all "bad" things with them!! Isnt THAT fundamentalism!! And oh yes, what about all that dowry that the girl needs to take to the husband! Watch Air Khan's program mate and u will see the real face of India! Teenagers raped, pregnant mothers abortion ed after torture!! So much for the shining India!

    • Sana Khalid said:

      This MF doesn't know the names of the provinces Pakistan has & he is still giving the comments. I didn't know Islamabad is a state lolz. KOI HAAL NAI INDIANS KA.

  14. blah blah said:

    Pathetic journalism, shame on you pakistan today. Having worked with a USAID project i can say the so called evidence the article provided was childish. If RPTW employed their own family, who did the USAID think they were awarding the project to? Every contract contender has to provide the list of key perssonel and their names in the proposal they submit to the USAID. Where were USAID then? They knew well enough who they were awarding the contract to so this allegation seems nonsensical. And so far as the procurement procedures are concerned USAID oversees each and everyone of them. All procurement procedures are subject to constant inside and outside auditing. Where were the USAID when the supposed fraud was taking place? Pathetic journalism. I'm not saying they didn't commit corruption. But please provide clear evidence before publihsing on the front page of your amateur newspaper

    • Miss Piggy said:

      Blah Blah you silly fat fool. Do you know USAID sits in washington DC and its various missions in Pakistan have a lot of work to do and now they have to worry about these corrupt puppeteers. Hang em high sez I.

      • blah blah said:

        Miss Piggy, read my post cuz i mentioned there ive worked for USAID projects. It's funny that YOU wud tell me where USAID is located. Just to add to your information, speaking from experience, this is all USAID does. Involve in meaningless little things and not let anything worthwhile happen. The way it appears to me, since RPTW is a local implementor, there was no way money cud've sent back to the US as normally USAID projects are implemented by US firms. And if they should not be concerned by their corruption, why shut them down?

      • hiraaa said:

        every one should comment with facts n figurs …plz avoid personal hatred
        US cut down 33 million of American grant to Pakistan ….
        u win u loose part of life …..
        sim sim hamara is a really a fabulous program..

        • aloneinlonelyplanet said:

          Mubarik hu! Electra aap ka hua Hiraaa! Tawan: Peerzada Productions!!

          • aloneinlonelyplanet said:

            Oh, plus two gift vouchers for "6 Chicken WIngs" at Peerus Cafe!

  15. Miss Piggy said:

    Trust these thieving brothers of Peer Group to try and extort money out of Pakistan Today. Perhaps these marasees need to be more careful as the law seems to be siding with the newspaper. There is nothing defamatory about the news report as it appears to be true. So Peerzadas, your puppetry days are over and now the whole nation knows you for what you truly are…drunkards and thieves…

    • hiraaa said:

      for u ,,, its just a suggestion that change ur name ,,, as it reflecting that u r not a human ,,, some pig is uttering some shitty things !

      • aloneinlonelyplanet said:

        congrats! u have won urself a visit to Peerzada's 2016 7:30 PM Monday evening "Funny" sit com as the girl who will be passing from the road in the bac ground when one of the Peerzads will be driving his car back at Scene no. 32!

  16. belligerent1 said:

    @ Mrs. Pig ……. plz avoid personal hatred ….. Pakistan pROUD TO HAVE TALENTED BROTHERS N FAMILY LIKE PEERZADAs………. try to use ur stupid head to analyse facts n figures….. instead of showing ur personal hared n gruges for any one … how could u deny 40 years of their services for Pakistan Shame on u Miss Piggy

    • blah blah said:

      Seems like miss piggy is the one who got fired from this project and got this news implanted. It appears to be a case of digruntled employee gone rogue clearly

  17. Kermit Khan said:

    Trust these bloody Peerzada brothers to destroy what little credibility they had left. Sad news.

    • belligerent1 said:

      kermit not better be caled urself termite khan … without seeing any evidence ur criticising …..

      • aloneinlonelyplanet said:

        Congrats, u have just won ur assignment as the co-Qawal at Peerus! Plz be there on next Monday evening. PS: A Peerzada

    • shabab said:

      this is what the problem with our people they are always discussing people or busy in backbiting,y we become the judge by our self without knowing the facts..and throwing fatwas against each others …no doubt peerzadas has done remarkable work for the promotion of the performing arts in Pakistan,they are artists not politicians or journalists,just because of this judgeeeee we are into sectarian riots and blah blah blah…it seems to be a conspiracy against rafi peer theatre workshop as this is the only organisation which is working for the betterment of peforming arts and no other company or organisation has that caliber…so plz plz plz acknowledge the services of peerzadas for the people of pakistan, and stop throwing fatwas without any proof…if u still carry on doing this kinda ****** means u r insane simple…..usaid also responsible for defaming this esteemed organization…y they dnt bring proofs ………mind ur language while commenting…

      • aloneinlonelyplanet said:

        Hey shabab, plz dunno waste ur "shabab" behind these pathetic business-minded money-making art seller Peerzadas! Go to college and build a decent career!

  18. NK Ali said:

    It seems that almost every so-called high and mighty person in this country is mixed up in financial spaghetti. A bowl of spaghetti is a delicious meal but where does the strand of spaghetti start and end, one does not know. What to think of these people other than 'high class crooks' or as straight as 'jelebi.' Salams

  19. ramesh said:

    SUPPORT BALOCHISTAN

    The king of Balochistan asked Nehru to accede to India but Nehru refused. Then pak army attacked and occupied Balochistan. Balochs are fighting for their freedom since then.

    Balochistan constitute 41% land area of Pakistan. There are only four states in Pakistan namely Sindh, Balochistan, Punjab and Islamabad compared to 29 Indian states.

    Pakistan is becoming poor fastly and will go dumb by 2014.

    Indian and US agencies are actively engage in pakistani people fight for freedom. Pakistan will soon give birth to two new countries namely Sindhudesh and Balochistan. Thanks to RAW(India), MOSSAD(Israel) and CIA(America).

    • aloneinlonelyplanet said:

      i guess ramesh is trying to provide his Peerzada brothers some across-the-boarder support!! Keep it up buddy! Just to inform you that the rupee for Shining India has develued to all-time-low to 57, growth rate has dropped below 6% and all those corrupt politicians, Mitals & Ambanis are packing their bags from Delhi & Mumbai and shifting their buck to Paris & Switzerland! Times Up! Game Over! Pack time for India mate! Welcome back to the socialist era!

  20. Javed said:

    Had it been Musharraf era, they might have got the demanded money; but now with independent judiciary, alas!

  21. Fer said:

    below is the press conference which was held after the news http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZxsh4c-Bjg

    come on people its just allegations for now, let them be proved first, We can't judge and comment someone who has done a lot of work for their country just like that. It's not right.

  22. Mr. Piggy said:

    In the court of public opinion, the Peerzada brothers are guilty. They should make arrangements to apologise to Pakistan Today and should be banned from soliciting for public or donor funds for their projects. If they really are so good, why did they even need Uncle Sams money?

    • Mutee said:

      They needed the money to develop and produce international standard educational programs for Pakistani children in all major regional languages. They are titans of Pakistan's art and culture and their work in promoting Pakistani cultural heritage is undeniable.

      By creating the Sim Sim Hamara program they have attempted to provide basic education to children of Pakistan who do not have access to schools. They don't need to apologize to anyone, however as Pakistanis we need to thank them for their services.

  23. activist said:

    Accusation without evidence is in progress and we are putting fuel on fire such a shame let the investigation finish and then we can discuss !!

  24. Fahad said:

    It really is abominable for a national newspaper to take such a bigoted stand against people. Be objective and report. Dont report out of prejudice.

  25. Rebz Malik said:

    I only have a joke coming in my mind to this fiasco right now…..
    once upon a time in hell there were wells assigned to each country and its people were imprisoned inside those wells and covered with alid except from Pakistan. It has no LID on it, so this person asked an angel why was there no LID on Pakistan's Well? The angel replied "Oh we don't require a lid for Pakistan cuz even if someone tries to escape the other pakistani will pull him down…."
    JEO PAKISTANIOUN!!!!!!

  26. activist said:

    Our culture peculiarly honors the act of blaming, which it takes as the sign of virtue and intellect. Please think out of the Box !!

  27. belligerent1 said:

    If you see their press conference footage http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZxsh4c-Bjg ]
    it is clear that Usaid has not even given them legal notice but somehow usaid has made comments to all. Also they have said they are open to transparent audit.
    any thing more to say US supporterzzz………

  28. hiraaa said:

    I do know that USAID had informed RPTW of their withdrawal of funds long before this story broke and that there was not mention of corruption or fiscal misappropriation. the USAID presence in Pakistan is being slashed from around 140 projects to 35…
    also having worked with USAID i know that the procurement, purchasing, HR and auditing is closely monitored by USAID EVERY STEP OF THE WAY. there is no spending or movement without their approval. Basically they are closing shop in Pakistan and not wanting to say that they are running away from their commitments. easier to cry fraud, specially when someone else has cried it first. Also to date there has been ABSOLUTELY NO MOVEMENT TOWARDS AN INVESTIGATION RPTW HAS NOT EVEN BEEN NOTIFIED THAT THERE MAY BE NEED FOR ONE. as i said before the audits are done in close collaboration with USAID and both internal and external auditors, there is no room for corruption

  29. Mediaman said:

    Dear All

    Please watch this. A discussion by Juggan Kazim and Usmaan Peerzada at a morning show.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbs89id94EE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeG5OMgDJrg

    Please spread it guys. We should not take any crap from stupid and fake allegations any-more. It's the time to open our eyes and see what (so-called) "they" don't want us to see. Tell them we're grown ups now and refuse to accept these allegations without evidence. I think it's more of a jealousy factor that Sim Sim Hamara (A Pakistani version of Sesame Street) appeared to be a huge success and seemed to be an amazing quality program for the children of Pakistan for the first time that it was nearly impossible to match the standards so it's a way to defame not only Peerzada (who have not only done great things for arts and culture in Pakistan for Pakistan but for the children and artists all over the Pakistan) but also Pakistan. Everybody should ask for evidences guys and that's the most sensible way to take it up.

    Also find below the discussion by Hasb-e-Haal on Rafi Peer Theatre Workshop. Shows how articles like the one above are a perfect example of framing organizations into false, baseless allegation which lack evidence.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5q2ZpOII1E&fe

    Here’s the press conference which came out after the allegations and Peerzadas have asked for the same evidence people have been asking all over these comments.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZxsh4c-Bjg

    Peace!

  30. hiraaa said:

    Dear All

    Please watch this. A discussion by Juggan Kazim and Usmaan Peerzada at a morning show. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbs89id94EE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeG5OMgDJrg

    … Please spread it guys. We should not take any crap from stupid and fake allegations any-more. It's the time to open our eyes and see what (so-called) "they" don't want us to see. Tell them we're grown ups now and refuse to accept these allegations without evidence. I think it's more of a jealousy factor that Sim Sim Hamara (A Pakistani version of Sesame Street) appeared to be a huge success and seemed to be an amazing quality program for the children of Pakistan for the first time that it was nearly impossible to match the standards so it's a way to defame not only Peerzada (who have not only done great things for arts and culture in Pakistan for Pakistan but for the children and artists all over the Pakistan) but also Pakistan. Everybody should ask for evidences guys and that's the most sensible way to take it up.

    Also find below the discussion by Hasb-e-Haal on Rafi Peer Theatre Workshop. Shows how articles like the one above are a perfect example of framing organizations into false, baseless allegation which lack evidence. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5q2ZpOII1E&fe….

    Here’s the press conference which came out after the allegations and Peerzadas have asked for the same evidence people have been asking all over these comments. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZxsh4c-Bjg

  31. Ash said:

    It is so saddening to see how quick we are to condemn our own people. No other country discredit their own like this… We should learn from the episodes such as Mumbai 26 and Raymond Davis. Unlike India and US we are always ready to condemn our own people…

  32. shabab said:

    us aid should not suspend or cut the funding as this sim sim hamara is the best programme to educate childrens of pakistan , there may be lots of enemies of rafi peer thaetre workshop who does not want to see rafi peer theatre workshop growing rapidly ….any one who writes or say about others without evidence is awful simply …..so us aid should look into the matter and find the facts…as this is not fair to accuse anyone on a baseless call…rafi peer thaetre workshop is the pride of pakistan…..creating hundreds of jobs for pakistanis…so we all should stand to defend rafi peer s version as a nation and i would like to request the newspapers not to write anything without evidence…so i think rafi peer has every right to claim this amount from pakistan today….

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